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.