Installing a second OS on partition

My drive has W7 64 installed.
I have an additional partition on my drive in which I would like to install XP.
How do I have to configure that partition so that the installation CD will see it and include it in the options where to install?
I am using Partition Wizard.
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  1. I have studied that tutorial before, but it does not answer my question.
    To start with, my HP machine comes preinstalled W7, with 3 primary partitions (Status in brackets):
    *:SYSTEM (Active & Boot) Primary
    C:HP (System) Primary
    D:Factory-Image (None) Primary

    I believe I can only have 3 primary partitions on one drive, and I am wondering whether I can install OS on my fourth partition without making it primary.
  2. You can have four primary partitions on a disk, so if you were to resize, say, your C: partition you could create another primary and install XP on it. Be aware that you will have to jump through a few hoops to get both OSes running if you install XP after 7.

    An alternative, considering the current cost of hard drives, is to buy a second cheap disk for XP (but that won't work if your computer is a laptop!).
  3. Ijack said:
    You can have four primary partitions on a disk, so if you were to resize, say, your C: partition you could create another primary and install XP on it. Be aware that you will have to jump through a few hoops to get both OSes running if you install XP after 7.

    An alternative, considering the current cost of hard drives, is to buy a second cheap disk for XP (but that won't work if your computer is a laptop!).
    Ijack said:
    You can have four primary partitions on a disk, so if you were to resize, say, your C: partition you could create another primary and install XP on it. Be aware that you will have to jump through a few hoops to get both OSes running if you install XP after 7.

    An alternative, considering the current cost of hard drives, is to buy a second cheap disk for XP (but that won't work if your computer is a laptop!).
    Yes, I agree with you on that, and already bought a second HDD, but it came without a power cable, and now I am waiting for the cable to arrive. Meanwhile I was getting antsy to try and play around with partitioning, just to fill in time. :kaola:
  4. If you install Windows XP you will have to reconfigure the windows 7 boot configuration... " (worst case scenario will have to reinstall windows 7 altogether"


    If you are using windows 7 Home premium and need windows XP for some backward compatibility

    Try Virtual XP or XP mode (runs within windows 7)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
  5. arjunp2085 said:
    If you install Windows XP you will have to reconfigure the windows 7 boot configuration... " (worst case scenario will have to reinstall windows 7 altogether"


    If you are using windows 7 Home premium and need windows XP for some backward compatibility

    Try Virtual XP or XP mode (runs within windows 7)

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
    You must have Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate to run Windows XP Mode.
  6. My mistake.. Oops..


    you can also give this a try if you really want to have windows xp for compatibility

    http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/support/virtual-pc-2007.aspx

    booth the softwares are virtual machine environment.. though it will require more work than xp- mode. its still easier than installing XP after installing windows 7
  7. hello
    i first installed windows 7 ultimate in one drive & windows xp(sp-3) in another drive.
    i have two operating system now but it does not show any option to switch one another when it boots/starts at the beginging??so how to solve the problem??
  8. tausif_buet said:
    hello
    i first installed windows 7 ultimate in one drive & windows xp(sp-3) in another drive.
    i have two operating system now but it does not show any option to switch one another when it boots/starts at the beginging??so how to solve the problem??


    I have sent a reply in your thread, please do not attempt to hijack a thread
  9. Microsoft virtual Machine for XP. get ahold of wallyinnc(user name) he is pretty knowledgeable
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