Step by Step Guide For Dual Booting Windows

These days we mostly use Windows 7 but not all applications are compatible with the latest windows 7, especially the applications that were designed for windows XP or the applications that were developed during the reign of Windows XP.

Windows 7 supports latest SATA technology and what not. But now we are in a fix what to do? Well don’t worry by the time you’re done reading the guide you will be able to tackle the problem easily.

Before we start there are some instructions that you need to follow before you proceed as follows:

  • If you need to dual boot then you must first install Windows XP before installing Windows 7.
  • When dual booting make sure that each of the partition has enough space for operation. Buy a hard disk of big capacity it will allow you to dual boot quite easily and also allow more storage of data.
  • SATA isn’t supported in Windows XP so to get around this problem you need to set SATA to IDE mode in BIOS.
  • Your in mood for linux then you can select from a variety of LINUX OS that are available. Recommended one is UBUNTU because of its easy and intuitive user interface.

Windows Dual Boot


Procedure For Installing Windows XP

1. Boot from the windows disc.
2. Select the first option of installing the windows.
3. It will take you to a window of selecting partition for installation.
4. It will show you partitioned space select it and press “C” and you will be taken to next window where you can define a size for the partition. It is recommended to allocate a minimum of 30Gb.
5. After creating you will notice that the partition you created is labeled “C:”
6. Install windows and make sure to install in NTFS format.
7. Installation will take about one hour.
8. After installation make sure to install an antivirus with a firewall then proceed to install the motherboard, graphic, sound and network drivers.

Procedure For WINDOWS 7 installation

1. Insert windows 7 disc and boot from the disc
2. After booting selecting install windows and then select custom installation.
3. In this window select “Disk 0 Unallocated space”
4. If you want to create more partitions then click drive options which is below the window.
5. This option will allow to define the size of various partitions. It is recommended to leave enough space for you windows 7 installation almost 30Gb.
6. Proceed to installation of the windows which will take approximately an hour.
7. When installation is going on make sure your network cable is disconnected from you pc. Because as soon as installation is complete windows will connect to the internet for updates and without a firewall or antivirus viruses easily will enter and wreak havoc.
8. Install an antivirus then all the necessary drivers.
9. Connect your network cable and proceed to update the windows.

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