Dual Boot Windows® 7 with Windpws® XP®
What are the advantages of dual booting of Windows 7 with Windows XP?
Dual boot installation of Windows 7 and Windows XP needs the original copy of both Operating Systems. Another important thing you need to have is a system with enough space to occupy both Operating Systems in your hard disk. You need a boot loader software which is suitable to boot the Windows 7 and Windows XP Operating System. You need to make sure that your system possesses the minimum system requirement to install the Windows 7. To install Windows 7, your system needs to have 1 GB processor, 1 GB of memory, 16 GB free disk space, support for graphics card with 128 MB memory and a DVD drive. Your system needs enough memory to perform a dual boot to install two operating systems. The performance of your system will not affect by the dual booting performance as such because we access only one OS at a time.
Following points will give users an idea about dual booting of Windows 7 with Windows XP:
- About dual booting
- Install Windows XP
- Consequence of dual booting
About dual booting
You can install the Windows 7 and Windows XP on a hard drive in dual booting. A boot manager displays a menu when you turn on the computer and allows you to choose the operating system you wish to use. A boot manager replaces the original Master Boot Record with its own and instead of an operating system the boot manager program loads. The dual booting with Windows XP and Windows 7 allows you to use features of both Operating systems.
Install Windows XP
You need to use built in tools to modify your hard drive partitions if you are currently running Windows XP on your system. You can use third-party tool for creating new partition. You can skip to the Windows XP section and follow the exact same directions. On Windows 7, you need to click 'Start' and enter 'diskmgmt.msc' on to the search bar. Then you can see a Window titled 'Disk Management' displaying basic information about the drives attached to your PC.
You may come across various issues after dual boot installation of Windows 7 and Windows XP. The error in the hard drive partitions will causes issues during the installation of Windows XP. The OS will fail to load correctly due to error in the hard drive partition. The low disk space will also cause booting issues. The disk fragmentation will increase the space in your hard disk.