How to make dual boot with window xp vista and windows 7
Dual booting Windows is the most challenging of the three options; however, making it work can be very rewarding. The process of creating a dual boot environment differs from Windows Vista to XP. Please follow the instructions according to which version of Windows you are currently using.
To run two operating systems on your computer, you will need to add a second partition. If you are not familiar with adding a partition, you can learn how in this section. Please note: each operating system will be able to see the other partition; thus, you can share files between them.
Dual Boot with window x and windows 7
You will need third party software to create a second partition for Windows 7; once you have created the partition, you can install Windows 7 on it.
Create a New Partition (Vista)
Click the Start button, right click Computer, and clickManage
In the left pane, click Disk Management
Now create a new partition by shrinking a previous volume so you can use the newly created space. Right click on the partition and clickShrink Volume.
Now right click the free space and click New Simple Volume…
Specify the volume size and click Next
Format the drive as NTFS, give it a label, and click Next
Power on your computer, insert the Windows 7 DVD, and restart your computer
Press the necessary key to initiate booting from your DVD (usually Esc or F12.)
Windows will now load the installation files.
Click Install now
Your computer will restart several times during the process as it configures itself and installs updates Be sure to leave the DVD in the drive and let Windows take care of itself.
Memory (RAM) – 1.25 GB required, 2 GB memory recommended.
Recommended 15 GB hard disk space per virtual Windows environment.
NB: Windows XP Mode is only available in Windows 7 Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate.
on May 11, 2010 | Computers & Internet