My operating system is Windows 7 Home.
What I would like to do is create a partition and install XP. I would like to do this so I can refer to XP every once in a while. Plus creating a dual boot partition is uncharted territory for me and I want to see if I can do it correctly and not wreck my laptop. (Just in case, everything will be backed up before I do anything)
I've researched and have found references to clicking on unallocated space and choosing New Simple Volume. I have no unallocated space.
I will assume that shrinking my drive will create unallocated space. My problem is that I have no clue how much I should shrink it.
What I need is guidance with this. I am also open to the idea of using 3rd party tools to accomplish the same thing.
XP will be used only for reference purposes. I will not have music, pictures, documents or a bunch of installed programs on it. I will set it up to use the Windows firewall and install an antivirus.
If it helps here are screenshots of what I see when I did some poking around. Can what I want to do be done based on what the following information?