Problem installing Windows XP

  1. hey hi frnds

    i have hp i7 proccessor
    4 gb ram
    2gb ati 6770M HD graphics
    and i have windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
    i want to install windows xp
    i have cd of windows xp but its 32 bits
    so can i install 32bits windows xp?
    or i have to install xp 64 bits?
    i want both OS xp and win7

    please help me out

    i am installing xp because of counter strike
    cs crashes in win7
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    You will have certain problems to overcome. I list a few to help you research

    (1) You need a full retail XP install version - some OEM version will not do.
    (2) Ideally, you should have an install which already contains slipstreamed SP3
    (3) Failing that, you should look into producing your own slipstreamed with SP3 (and XP SATA drivers if possible, which will avoid the need to change HDD access mode - see 5 below)
    (4) You need to be sure you can obtain all the drivers for all your kit for XP 32-bit
    (5) If your HDD is SATA it will not be seen at all by an XP install disc until you enter the bios and set your SATA mode to IDE-compatible - thus possibly ruining your working Win 7 install if on the same HDD.
    (6) To install 2 OS platforms, you need to have two partitions on one HDD, or two separate HDDs
    (7) To dual-boot XP and Win7 the most sensible approach is to install XP first, then Win7 will offer a dual-boot during install. The other way round will not work, and XP install will wreck the boot mechanism for Win7, which it IS possible to correct, but not easily.
    (8) using a 32-bit XP and a 64-bit Win 7 is no problem, but you will have to install all applications twice, for the different platforms. You cannot access any shared apps, only shared data.
    (9) A win32 XP will only use about 2.6 GB of your 4Gb ram. This is normal and unchangeable.
    (10) It has been known that Win 7 partition cannot be accessed by Win XP due to an incompatibility with partition definitions under Win 7 (not necessarily backward compatible for no acknowledged reason so far)
    (11) it would be most unwise to perform any such update before having a fully checked drive image of the current working setup.

    Many people have found they can happily run games not fully compatible with Win7 under one or other of the various virtualisation packages available, so...all in all, with a currently happy system, I would start by testing the XP compatibility box within Win 7 or alternatively install and test Virtual Box or VmPlayer.
  3. kaustubh909090

    kaustubh909090 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    there is no option in BIOS to choose SATA DISK in i7 proccessor
    i hv HP PAVILLION DV6-6161TX
  4. Mugsy

    Mugsy TS Guru Posts: 416   +24

    If you don't need XP for gaming (though you mention "Counter Strike") or hardware-intensive programs no-longer compatible with Win7, a "Virtual Machine" installed under Win7 is definitely the way to go. MS's "Virtual XP" integrates well, but I'm not a fan of it. I recommend VM Ware's free "VMPlayer". Install XP as a Virtual Machine and run your XP apps there. (Since a VM is so easy to add and the least trouble, I'd recommend installing one first to see if CS works, and try going further only if that fails.)

    If, on the other hand you have some old software (like "Counter Strike") or hardware that don't work well with 64bit Win7 or for which no 64bit Win7 drivers exist (as was my case), you can "easily" install 32bit XP on the same machine as 64bit Win7 (like I did). The two OS's don't see each other. As far as they are concerned, the Windows folders are just data (though security structure is still in place.) I highly recommend disconnecting your Win7 drive and installing XP to a separate physical drive to avoid any accidental boot-sector overwriting.

    Your BIOS should offer a "Boot Menu" to choose which drive/OS to boot (if not, get "Boot Manager" software).

    As for whether your particular hardware will work with XP... best I can say is "probably". XP is still very much still supported out there.

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