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Alright, I have an ancient windows xp system and just built a new computer.I bought windows 7 HP oem x64 with the setup, and I want to dual boot the new os along with the old xp pro sp3 os exactly as it is: programs, data, everything. In other words, I want my 115 gigs of xp on my new hard drive, and I want it to be separate from 7. No virtual machine. No xp upgrade. Just a dual boot on a new drive in a new machine. I also plan on preserving the data in the old machine, but I could just backup the hard drive to do that. How would I go about doing this?

I tried moving the whole xp partition to the new drive, but windows 7 didnt recognize
It during installation. I have the Dell xp disk, so could I just repair install xp on the new disk
with the existing partition, to acclimate it to the new system, and THEN install
Windows 7 all over again?

Or am I approaching this the wrong way?
 

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Uh oh... I have a Dell xp repair cd, not an installation disc... I think I may be in trouble here.
 
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How did you introduce the XP Partition into the system, was it definitely capable of booting itself and did the BIOS see it?

Windows 7 should take the necessary action to handle the dual-boot and offer the choices - Windows 7 or the somewhat dismissive "Earlier version of Windows".
 

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How did you introduce the XP Partition into the system, was it definitely capable of booting itself and did the BIOS see it?

Windows 7 should take the necessary action to handle the dual-boot and offer the choices - Windows 7 or the somewhat dismissive "Earlier version of Windows".
Step 1: pulled out hard drive from old machine. Put it in new machine
Step 2: used partedmagic in the fresh win 7 install. Resized windows 7 partition.
Step 3: copied xp partition from 120 gig Hdd into a new 130 gig partition on new Hdd. I didn't copy fat32 boot/system files.
Step 4: removed old Hdd, rebooted, and nothing (yes, I was impatient.)
Step 5: formatted windows 7 partition, re- installed windows 7 (my impatience strikes again). W7 loaded once again, with no alternate OS prompt.
Step 6: used Dell xp repair cd. Loaded for awhile... Got BSOD. Both tries.
Step 7: As I type this on my iPhone, I am opening the case and re installing the old Hdd in the new machine.
And I realized I probably should have loaded the partition before installing windows 7... Whoops.
 
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Good luck with that one, Bruce. I can think of no better way to spend Christmas Day.(and I think you might well spend the whole of .....) :D
 

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Good luck with that one, Bruce. I can think of no better way to spend Christmas Day.(and I think you might well spend the whole of .....) :D
You got a point, I'm putting this one off for now. I'm dumping xp and having a
Merry Christmas instead, it gave me too many headaches already. :)
 
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The XP version on the Dell is an OEM version, and you can't move it to a new computer. It is only licensed for the Dell system it was shipped with.

If you want XP on the new system you'll need to purchase another copy of XP.
Clone the Dell drive to the new one, then boot with the new XP CD and do a Repair Install, using the product key from the new disc. That should preserve the programs, files, and settings. Once XP is working, then install Win 7.
 
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