- I have a Pre-installed Windows 7
- I want to dual-boot with Windows XP
- I have made a boot-able USB for Windows 7 and XP
Here are the instructions I have found:
1) Make an empty partition on Windows 7
2) Format to NTFS
3) Restart and boot from Windows XP USB
4) Install Windows XP onto the empty partition
... At this point, I believe XP will overwrite my Windows 7 bootloader, and boot straight into Windows XP...
5) Restore Windows 7 to fix the bootloader
6) Repair Windows 7 (People have complained that both Windows 7 and XP failed to boot after this)
7) Use a program like EasyBCD to add fix the bootloader to be able to boot both XP and Windows 7 (People have also complained that EasyBCD couldn't detect Windows XP)
8) Set default to Windows 7 (well I want my default to be Windows 7, I need XP to run certain games)
I know it's better to install XP first then Windows 7. However, I don't want to reinstall everything I have on my Windows 7 .
So, is there a better way to do this?
On a site note: Would I encounter any problems having a dual booted 7/XP? (I've read that XP might mess with my system restore on Windows 7)
Edited by kachibi, 21 June 2010 - 09:12 AM.