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Dual Boot - Xp And Win7 Install On New Hard Drive


I would like to set up my dell laptop to dual boot to xp and windows 7. I have found several articles that go into details explaining this procedure and it seems things are complicated due to the fact that there is no way to adjust partitions in xp. I also just had to replace my hard drive so i have to do fresh installs of xp and windows 7 on the new hard drive so my question is this:

Can i just create the separate partitions needed when i install xp then install windows 7 on the partition i created in the xp install? I have never set up a dual boot before so i'm a newb in that respect. I have the xp pro re-installation disc as well as the 7 ultimate install dvd (not upgrade). Any feedback or links to useful information would be appreciated.


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See i have a program that doesn't run well on windows 7, the program has a beta version but its not so good. So until the real version comes out i want xp on a separate drive.


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I do not want to have both xp & w7 on the same disk, rather on 2 separate drives. Since i have xp pro already installed as "c" drive how can i make "e"the other os for dual boot. Remember that "e" is on a separate drive. I did have it set up as a dual boot before but my little tacker played his game and things went haywire, so therefor me & all my wisdom decided that i could get it back to normal and yep, you guessed it, i absolutely stuffed it up even more.

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