Thursday, June 9, 2011

Install Window XP over Window 7 in Dual Boot

  • First of all, you must have Window 7 pre-installed first in your harddisk (Let say C drive)
  • Then, set your CD-ROM drive as first boot priority and boot Win XP CD to install it into another partition (Let say D drive)
  • After finished installing Win XP, reboot the pc.
  • It will directly boot into Win XP instead of Window 7 due to XP writes its bootloader over Window 7.
  • Thus, we need to restore back Window 7 bootloader.
  • Insert Window 7 CD/DVD and boot it then select "Repair" to restore back Window 7 bootloaded.
  • After finished repairing, it will automatically reboot into Window 7
  • Now, you are required to add a boot entry for your fresh install Window XP into Window 7 system.
  • One of the way to add boot entry into Window 7 so you can dual boot your Window XP is through EasyBCD application. (You can download it from here
  • I am referring to EasyBCD 2.0.2 here, once finished installling this application, launch it and select "Add New Entry".
  • In "Operating System", click on Windows tab then select Type as "Window NT/2k/XP/2k3 and then click on "Add Entry" button.
  • It is done now.
  • The next time you reboot your PC, you will be prompted to choose which Window system to boot.
  • Happy Learning ^_^

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