Dual installation of Windows 7 professional and Windows XP professional
Posted on 2011-02-15
I have only just found this question when I was searching for a solution to my problem.
I have installed Windows 7 Professional on a clean install (i.e. not an upgrade from Windows XP). I have used the 32 bit version (the PC is a 64 bit machine)
I am attempting to run a program which will not run on Windows 7 but using VMLite however there are problems with a) dates and b) printing.
It did occur to me that a better route may be to set up a dual boot installation. Currently I boot from my C: drive which is 160 gbt. I have a 500 gbt drive split into two partitions, one of 160 Gbt (which acts as a mirror immage back up to my C: drive and the second is currently unused. Backup is to an external 500 Gbt USb drive.
My questions are:
a) how do I install Windows XP professional;
b) if the solution is to add an addtional partition to by 500 Gbt internal drive what size should it be as the programme and data size would probable not exceed 2 Gbt; and
c) Is is better to stay with Windows 7 32 bit or to install the 64 bit version
Thanks for any suggestions