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 Post subject: Dual boot system to run older program
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:26 pm 
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I have Windows 7 Home on a laptop and want the ability to run an older program that needs to run on Windows XP or an older Windows OS. I've got my original CD with XP on it and can install it for a dual boot system.

My question:
1 - Will I need to create a separate partition to put XP on it?
2 - If I need to create a separate partition, will the installation CD do that automatically during the install?
3 - How much space on my hard drive does that partition need?

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Crockett


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 Post subject: Re: Dual boot system to run older program
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:36 pm 
Smithfield
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Does said program require 3D acceleration? If not I would just put it on a VM like VirtualBox.


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 Post subject: Re: Dual boot system to run older program
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 4:39 pm 
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No -- the program is just a simple ballistics program -- so no 3D acceleration.

However I don't know what VirtualBox is. Please explain!

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Crockett


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 Post subject: Re: Dual boot system to run older program
PostPosted: Sun Nov 24, 2013 8:59 pm 
Smithfield
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VirtualBox is a Virtual Machine Manager (VMM). Virtual Machines are basically like running another OS within the OS

This video shows you how to set it up:


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 Post subject: Re: Dual boot system to run older program
PostPosted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 1:09 pm 
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Did you try Compatibility Mode first?

If it won't run, then I agree VirtualBox is a better planfor XP compatibility than dual boot especially for running a single app.

However, here are the instructions for a dual boot with Win7 installed first (see option 2).


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