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Dual boot Win 7 with Win XP Pro


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#1 JoeWatson

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 02:28 AM

I am looking at dual booting Win XP Pro 32bit (already installed) with Win 7 Pro or Ultimate. The reason I want to do this is so that I can gradually manually install the programs from Win XP to Win 7 as opposed to doing this all in one go - which would probably keep me up for a week!

 

I know my way around my computer but I am nowhere near being a computer geek so i am not sure whether I could do this myself or whether it would be better to get a professsional to do it for me. I've tried to find if there is some info already on the forums but haven't beeen successful.



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#2 Allan

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Posted 30 December 2013 - 07:42 AM

It's a simple process, but in my opinion there's no advantage to doing what you want. Personally, I'd format and start from scratch. However, if you want to dual boot here's how: http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 09:43 AM

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The reason I was considering this was because of the number of programs I have on my computer. I don't know if I am right but I assumed you had to install each program as a new program in your Win 7 OS new installation. Dual booting will allow me to select the programs I need urgently programs  and install programs as and when I have the time.

 

Any advice would be appreciated.



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Posted 31 December 2013 - 10:35 AM

Yes, each program will need to be reinstalled. Having done this dozens of times I can tell you that if you want to do it right, it will take a day or two. But if you have the time to devote, you're best off with a format and clean install.






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