Is there a smart way to dual boot XP when Win 7 is already installed?

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  1. Chris

    Chris New Member

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    Is there a smart way to install XP in a dual boot on a computer already loaded with 7? I know XP will break 7's bootloader, so Im trying to figure out what the smart way to go about this is. I know I can shrink the partition in 7, install XP, then boot from the 7 disc and do the startup repair. I have a few other scenarios in my head that involve Acronis and a external HDD. How would you install XP on a machine that has an install of 7 that you wanted to keep?
     
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    One way to do it would be to use a seperate internal HDD and install XP on it. Then switch between the two by moving the drives around in the BIOS.

    It would be something of a pain in the ass, you would have to go into the bios and either turn a drive on or off (which is just an awful way of doing it) or you could move the drives logicaly by telling it which drive is which in boot order.

    If you were careful you could do this and not overwrite the boot partition of W7.
     
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    I would install Virtual PC and use XP Mode on top of Win7....
     
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    Can't, needs full access to the hardware
     

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