Looking to transition into Win7

By BlackScarlet
Oct 9, 2012
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  1. Hey, I have XP installed on my computer, and new games are coming out that aren't XP compatible -- I'd like to install 2 OS on 1 drive, is this possible? My C drive is 233G and my XP system is only taking up 23G of it, can I partition the drive, install 7 on the other partition and modify the boot.ini to boot into either XP or 7 on the same drive?

    Windows XP SP3

    AMD Radeon HD 6850 - 1024MB

    ASUSTeK Computer INC. P5K SE Rev 1.xx
    Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 0401 07/19/2007
    Realtek Onboard Audio

    3328 Megabytes DDR2 RAM

    2.00 gigahertz Intel Pentium Dual
    64 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,729   +3,703

    Short answer is no, you will need to use the new boot manager that comes with Windows 7.

    Windows XP uses the Boot.ini for multiboot. Windows XP boot manager wouldn't know how to boot Windows 7. Windows Vista and Windows 7 uses a new boot manager know as the Vista Bootloader.

    You can shrink your Windows XP partition down and create a new partition for Windows 7. Windows XP doesn't allow shrinking drive but third party apps such as MiniTool Partition Wizard will. When you install Windows 7 to the new partition, Windows XP will be added to the Vista Bootloader Menu. If by some chance Windows XP was not added, EasyBCD can be used to edit Vista Bootloader settings.
    SNGX1275 likes this.

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