troubleshooting Question

Dual Boot Computer - Windows 7 and Windows XP

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I am assisting a client with a new computer setup.  The software he uses runs in Windows XP and the developer says it will not run in Windows 7.  I am hoping it may run in XP Compatibility Mode but if not I will need to load XP on to the new system.  If this is the case I am thinking of making it Dual Boot.  My questions are:

Is there anything special I need to do when I install the program?

If I need to do a dual boot I have read that I need to install XP first then reinstall 7.  I found information where after shrinking the volume, creating a simple volume, installing XP on it you then create a boot loader.  Here is the link.  howtogeek.com  What do you think?

Is there any reason if I can't run the program in Win 7 that I only have the computer run XP, they want to replace their XP machine.  It is for a doctors office and they use limited applications.

If I need to install XP I am planning on using their license from their old machine then recycle their old computer.  Is there any problem with this since they already own the XP license?  It seems to me that XP is very forgiving and reinstallable on a new machine.
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