Dual installation of Windows 7 professional and Windows XP professional

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
SouthEssexAsked:
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PowerEdgeTechConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
Another option, since you are using Windows 7 Professional, is XP Mode - a fully-licensed, preconfigured virtual XP machine - this will probably be an improvement over VMLite:
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/download.aspx
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Mez4343Commented:
Have you tried XP Mode on windows7? It is similar to a VM but may produce better results than VMLite.

You need to verify your hardware to see if thats possible.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/install-and-use-windows-xp-mode-in-windows-7
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SouthEssexAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions about using Windows XP Mode.  The problem is that whilst this works on my laptop, which is a modern machine, it will not work on my desktop which is too old to run Windows XP Mode.  Which is why I wondered if the solution would be to try to run a dual operating system machine.

It would be better to be able to run some type of virtual XP installation without going to a dual boot so it there are any suggestions of how to run Windows XP Mode on an older machine or if there is another virtual solution I would be pleased to hear.
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
It will run on an older machine ... XP Mode no longer requires hardware-assisted virtualization (VT) to run.  On the XP Mode download page I sent you, there are three downloads/updates.  The third one updates Virtual PC to not require VT.  What are other specs about your machine you might be worried about?
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Mez4343Commented:
So you already have Windows 7 on your older desktop?

You might want to try Vmware Player. Should support older hardware

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/10911/run-xp-mode-on-windows-7-machines-without-hardware-virtualization/
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PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
You don't need another virtualization software ... Virtual PC no longer requires VT (with the update I talked about).
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Have a look on this article: http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Miscellaneous/A_685-Multiboot-system-configuration-from-scratch.html
I have described step by step how to create true dual boot configuration in a safest way.
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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