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So you got your shiny new pre-installed Windows 7 computer over the holidays, but you want to have trusty XP standing by in a dual boot setup. Today we’ll walk through creating a new partition in Windows 7 then installing XP on it.

In this process we are going to shrink some free space on the Windows 7 hard drive to allocate toward a new partition. Make sure to take a moment and decide how much space to use for the XP partition. Make sure you have enough space on your hard drive for files you’ll be adding to each.

Create a New Partition

The first thing we need to do is create a new partition on the Windows 7 machine. Luckily we can do it without any 3rd party software. To begin, click on Start and type eitherpartition or disk management into the search box and at the top of the menu click onCreate and format hard disk partitions.


The Disk Management window opens, and from here we need to free up space on the (C:) drive Windows 7 is installed on. Right-click on the drive and select Shrink Volume. 

A window pops up showing the drive is being queried for available space.

Now enter the amount of space you want to shrink the volume. You’re shown the total size of the disk and the amount of size that is available to shrink. In this example we’re freeing up 40GB of space.

After the process completes you’ll see the new Unallocated space. Right-click that and select New Simple Volume.

The New Simple Volume Wizard launches which is a straight forward process. When you get to the Format Partition section, NTFS is selected by default as the file system and you can leave that as is. You might want to rename the Volume label something else like “XP Partition” so it’s easier to identify when installing XP. Also you’ll probably want to make sure to check Perform a Quick Format.

After the format is complete you will see the new volume as a healthy partition listed.

Now when you go into My Computer you’ll see the the new disk and notice that space has been taken away from the (C:) drive Windows 7 is installed on.

Install XP on the New Partition

Now that you know how to create a new partition on your Windows 7 machine, it’s time to install XP on it. Here we’re installing XP Professional on the new partition. Boot from the XP installation disk and start the install process.

When it comes to choosing a partition, make sure you select the one you created using the steps above. In this example we made a 10GB partition for the XP install.

If the partition you created was already formatted as NTFS you can leave it, or you can choose the FAT file system if you want.

Basically you continue through as if you were doing a clean install on any hard drive.

Create Boot Loader

Once installation of XP is successful you can now go through and install the latest Microsoft Updates and drivers. You will undoubtedly notice that the machine is booting directly into XP at this time. This is due to XP writing it’s bootloader over Windows 7’s. To get both XP and Windows 7 as an option at the boot screen you can use the free utility EasyBCD 2.1.2 from



After getting the bootloader back you should see both XP and Windows 7 as options in the Windows Boot Manager.

via HowtoGeek


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I’ve heard many people worrying about installing linux and windows in the same system, well here is a list of steps which can help you do it..

>Install Windows XPStep  

>Boot Ubuntu from the Live CD

> Either create a 2nd NTFS partition which will house data for access by both operating systems, or simply a 2nd hard drive, again formatted with NTFS.

Install Ubuntu

>Boot the XP machine from the CD and select “Install Ubuntu” from the boot menu.

>Once the Live CD has loaded, on the Welcome screen choose your language and select Forward.

>On the “Where are you” (timezone) page, select your location and then Forward.

>On the next screen, choose the appropriate keyboard layout and then Forward.

>Make room on the disk for Ubuntu

>Ubuntu will then load the disk partitioner to determine where it’s going to be installed. The default option is that Ubuntu will resize the Windows XP NTFS partition to make space for the Ubuntu install. You can drag the dividing line left or right to increase or decrease the amount of space to be freed up.

Once you’re happy with the selection, click Forward.

>Ubuntu then prompts you to commit the changes (despite what the warning, it won’t take very long). Click Continue – the screen disappears and then click Forward again.

>Set up Ubuntu

>On the “Who are you?” screen, enter your username and password details, then click Forward.

>On the Migrate Documents and Settings screen, if Ubuntu finds any user accounts to migrateit will happily import user settings from XP to Ubuntu. If it doesn’t find any, obviously this isn’t an option. Select as much or as little as you wish and click Forward.

On the “Ready to install” screen, you’ll see that Ubuntu now has enough information to commence the installation. In the summary under Migrate Assistant, it should say “Windows XP Professional” along with any user account details you selected in the previous step

This means that regardless of whether Ubuntu found any user account to migrate, it certainly knows that Windows XP is installed on the other partition Click Install.

>See the install through and then let it boot into Ubuntu.

When the install is complete the system will reboot. When the GRUB boot menu is displayed, have a look at the last entry in the list.

>After the Ubuntu boot options, there will be an entry “Other operating systems” and beneath that “Microsoft Windows XP Professional”. By default Ubuntu will load itself after 10 seconds, but you can select the XP option and the OS will boot normally.

The GRUB bootloader is decidedly better than XP’s and XP doesn’t handle dualbooting non-Microsoft operating systems very well, so there’s little point trying to restore the XP bootloader. Be happy with GRUB!

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