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#1 Mr. PC WhizzKid

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:01 AM

Hello guys,

I got a 80GB External Hard-drive in the post to-day. I was just wondering if you can install Windows XP on it and use as dual-boot with Windows 7?

Please reply soon.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:06 AM

This link my give you some insight: My link
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Posted 01 August 2011 - 09:20 AM

IMO...you pose two questions.

a. Can XP be installed/run on an external drive?

b. Can XP be installed after Win 7 in a dual-boot?

Personally...I would try neither :), let alone both at the same time on the same system.

But there are those who are more adventurous than I.


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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:47 PM

Your BIOS is what determines whether you can boot from a USB connected device or not. This should be located in the boot list of your BIOS.

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:55 PM

Whether your BIOS can boot from a USB device or not is mostly irrelevant as Windows itself will not install to external storage nor will it boot from said storage (without modifications) if copied from a working installation.

If you want to try, the link hamluis posted will achieve the desired goal, but it is "unsupported".

Honestly, I'm not sure why anybody would want to go backwards, so to speak, to XP...but if you're bent on doing so, a dual-boot would work fine if you set it up the right way (which can be challenging).
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