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Dual Operating systems--is it possible?


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#1 humblerthanhumble

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:14 PM

Have Canon photo printer i9900 but it doesn't work with w/7. I have an Acer laptop and I would like to know if I can run both xp and w/7 so I don't

have to abandon the Canon. Acer has 3gig memory and 250gid hd. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:41 PM

You can have duel boot so you dont lose it but you can also install xp mode on windows 7 and install it on xp mode
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
take a look at that

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Posted 28 September 2012 - 06:36 AM

XP mode is not available in all versions of Win 7, see http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2010/01/windows-xp-mode/

"Windows XP Mode is a downloadable add-on for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise."

"XP Mode is a free add-on for Windows 7 Professional, Ultimate, and Enterprise — Win7 Home Premium and Starter don’t qualify" per http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/using-windows-7s-xp-mode-step-by-step/ .

If you elect to dual-boot, you will have a far easier time if you install the older O/S first, then the more recent one.

You will be required to make an election at boot re which O/S you want to boot into.

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Edited by hamluis, 28 September 2012 - 06:36 AM.


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Posted 29 September 2012 - 02:00 PM

Have Canon photo printer i9900 but it doesn't work with w/7. I have an Acer laptop and I would like to know if I can run both xp and w/7 so I don't

have to abandon the Canon. Acer has 3gig memory and 250gid hd. Thanks in advance.


Well, you specs are decent and Windows XP Should run. Howe ever there may be some problems

Firstly - What is your Laptop Model Name? - Acer what?

Once you have you Model name > go to Acer website and FIRST CHECK FOR Drivers - New laptops will not have windows XP drivers there fore you will be unable to make windows xp work. So Check Website FIRST!!!

If there are XP Drivers for YOUR Laptop then post here and you Should be able to Dual boot

IF There are NO Drivers - You can Still Get XP But you will not get a dual boot.

My Advice would be to simply use a Virtual Machine - If you have no idea what that is ignore the link and post back

: https://www.virtualbox.org/

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


Post back here and find out if you laptop has the drivers

Edited by balkrish999, 29 September 2012 - 02:03 PM.





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