Dual booting Windows 7 and XP (NO FORMAT)
Did this today at work because I wanted to check out Windows 7 but still keep all my XP install because of all the programs I have on there heres how to do it plenty of guides out there but hey its very simple.
- First step if you can back up your existing install (just incase )
- Download and burn GParted we will use this to partition our hard drive, make sure you get the ISO version so its bootable heres a link GParted Live 0.4.6-1.iso (don’t get the latest one because it has some bugs)
- Boot off the cd and allow it to load all its lovely little files that it needs. Eventually you will be presented with a ‘desktop’ like environment
- In order to free up some space for your Windows 7 installation you will need to ‘resize’ your existing install, to do this click on the drive you wish to resize , click partition from the main menu and select resize.
- You will then be presented with a small box showing the size of the partition here you will be able to adjust the size of this partition by using the slide bar on the screen, once you are happy click resize.
- Next you will need to create a new partition, on the screen you should now have a new selection called ‘unallocated’ this is the free space we have just created from resizing. Right click on ‘unallocated’ and go to new, then select the file system as NTFS click add then click apply this will now create your new partition.
- Reboot your system by exiting GParted
-Boot off your Windows 7 disk and follow the onscreen options, when choosing you’re installation type select Custom (advanced) and choose the new partition you setup. (BE CAREFUL!! if you choose the wrong partition you will wipe your old one the very thing we have set out to get around doing )
- Let the installation kick off reboot and you are done !!!