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Worth it to dual boot XP 32/64 bit with windows 7?

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#1 simpsonman3000


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Posted 16 May 2010 - 01:45 AM

I have windows 7 ultimate 64 bit currently on my laptop, and have had it for months. i am thinking if i should create another partition (which will give me 3 along with the W7 and Data partition) with XP to just have it there in case of anything

is this a smart idea? and if so, should i just install the normal 32 bit XP or go for the 64 bit?


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#2 noknojon


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Posted 16 May 2010 - 04:07 AM

just have it there in case of anything

I can not think of any reason for doing this - My take on this is you are making it too cluttered -
If you have any decent / worthwhile reason then ....... but I would not bother -

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 05:34 AM

I bought a laptop with Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit some months ago, and one of the first things that I did was set up a dual-boot with an OEM XP Professional 32-bit that I found online for $45. I did this mainly because I wanted to run a couple of legacy apps (that won't work in Win 7), but also because I thought it would be a really good way to learn more about computing. And I've surely learned a bunch of new tricks. It hasn't all been sunshine, but having to again tweak a fresh install of XP to my liking helped to reinforce some knowledge that I'd gained with my first laptop while tweaking the new Win 7 to my liking has also been educational. Another thought: I travel worldwide for work, and a couple of places with WiFi where I've stayed I could only get online with the XP. I don't know why, but that was my experience. I manage my dual-boot with GAG Boot Manager. It's freeware, simple to use, and it keeps the 2 partitions fully independent with respect to boot files, which is handy for reinstalling a backup image of either partition if it comes to that. Anyway, just my two cent's worth.

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Posted 16 May 2010 - 09:15 AM

I have a dual-boot (XP and Win 7) on one of my 4 systems (XP on one, Win 7 on the others)...only because I wanted one system with the capability to reflect both O/Ses for the sake of my forum participation.

As mentioned...if you have no real reason to do a dual-boot...why bother?

9 years of experience with XP...should be enough experimentation background for anyone, I'd much rather learn how Win 7 quirks and operational aspects will impact users of today and the future.


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Posted 16 May 2010 - 10:10 AM

With me I run windows 7 on my desktop and XP on my hp laptop, I do that for more a reference to study more on, Also although i have run 7 on it, it runs a little better with XP :thumbsup:
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