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Posted 29 June 2013 - 08:45 AM
Posted 29 June 2013 - 09:39 AM
Before attempting to create a new partition and install a new OS, you should understand the basics of partitioning and multiboot setups.
There are two types of partition schemes named MBR and GPT. Master Boot Record aka MBR is the oldest and it exists since DOS era. In this partition scheme, we can only create 4 primary partitions. One of them can be an extended partition.
Your system already contains 4 primary partitions and hence it is difficult to create a fifth one.
GPT supports up to 128 partitions but you will need a UEFI motherboard and either 64Bit Windows 7 or Win 8. You can't install Win XP to a GPT disk.
This is your current partition structure :
1 - System reserved.
This is the system boot partition created by Windows setup. If you delete or modify it, you won't be able to boot either Linux or Windows.
2 - Tany Windows .
This is the system partition. If you modify it, Windows won't boot
3 - Ext 4
This is the root partition of Linux.
4 - HDDRecovery
Probably it will be the OEM recovery partition. You will lose the ability to restore the OEM Windows 7 if you modify it.
There is a way to create a fifth partition but it is too risky to attempt. You may end up corrupting the partition table and loose all the data.
Edited by Anshad Edavana, 29 June 2013 - 09:42 AM.
Posted 29 June 2013 - 10:38 AM
FWIW: Assuming that you have a desktop...a simple solution would be to install XP on a separate hard drive (minus the other hard drive)...then reattach the other drive...install EasyBCD and edit the boot files in Win 7 to reflect the XP install which then exists.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 03:30 PM
Alternatively, you could install XPVM (XP virtual machine) in windows7 straight from microsoft. You need to be running win7 pro or higher.
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