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Dual Installing XP and 7 or just run Win7 in XP mode?

  • Windows XP
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  • Windows 7
Last response: in Windows 7
July 4, 2010 7:42:05 AM

I read a post about dual installing different versions of windows in order to use some older software/programs. All of the games I am planning on playing are XP compatible. So, should I look into dual installs or just run win7 in XP mode? I have a few XP keys from older systems but I do not have an XP install CD.


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a b $ Windows 7
July 4, 2010 11:48:44 AM

Hello Renseru;
The XP mode in Windows 7 won't support 3D gaming. There isn't support for 3D APIs like DirectX in the XP mode virtual PC.
More background on Win 7 XP mode

You can get many XP games to run on Windows 7 using the Program Compatibility Wizard and Compatibility tab or by using the Applications Comparability toolkit (advanced computer skills might be needed for best results). Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6

There is a problem with some XP games that use a 16bit installer program which will not run on 64bit Windows 7. Those 16bit installers will run on Windows 7 32bit.

And of course doing a dual boot Win7 / WinXP is always an option. And it's not that difficult to setup and run.
Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP Method1: When XP is Installed First
Method2: When Windows 7 is Installed First