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Setting up a Dual Boot Windows 7-XP System without repartitioning the Hard Drive?

By magaman598
Jul 26, 2009
  1. I've heard little tid bits of some Software that does this inside of Windows but I really have no clue what I would be looking for. (This is my first time Attempting a Dual-Boot System and I don't feel like burning tons of
    DVDs)

    Any suggestions would be awesome!

    I know this is totally off-topic but my computer plays Crysis at High Settings fairly well, but when I try to Play Bioshock, it lags considerably. Any Ideas here?

    The Resolution that they bouth are set at is 1024x768 I believe.
     
  2. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I think you can do this with 3rd-party software called "PartitionMagic" on XP, but I haven't tried it for myself so I can't be sure. I know Vista supports partition dividing with the regular disk management tool but you can't do it the same way with XP. Depending on the size of your hard disk this might not be the best solution for dual-booting but it could work if your OS isn't using too much room. Also, there is a guide on here that walks you through the dual-boot process. The process itself is not difficult at all but it's worth checking out

    http://www.techspot.com/guides/143-dual-boot-windows7/
     
  3. magaman598

    magaman598 TS Booster Topic Starter Posts: 275

    Alrighty, thanks.

    I don't thing Size is a problem, I have one 160 Gig and a 1 TB drive.
     
  4. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    okay, then size surely won't be an issue... good luck.

    ...and to address your BioShock problem, you could try adjusting the resolution and texture quality though I would think it wouldn't be as taxing as Crysis. Which video card and driver are you using? Both titles launched in 2007 so if your drivers are old you want to look into updating them. You can also check out the tweak guide for the title at http://www.tweakguides.com/Bioshock_1.html, although most of the stuff there is relatively straightforward.
     
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