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    Unique Content Article: Ways to Realize Dual Boot Windows 7 and XP with Partition Software

    Ways to Realize Dual Boot Windows 7 and XP with Partition Software

    by Richard Nalder

    Introduction of Windows 7

    As is known that Windows 7 is the newest release of Microsoft Windows. Compared to its predecessors, Windows 7 includes many new features, such as advances in touch and handwriting recognition, support for virtual hard drives, improved performance on multi-core processors, improved boot performance, DirectAccess, and kernel improvements.

    So, a lot of users would like to try Windows 7. Meanwhile, they don't want to give up their Windows XP. In such case, they have to dual boot Windows 7 and XP.

    How to dual boot Windows 7 and XP?

    Before the installation of Windows 7, the first things you need to do are to partition your hard disk and create a new partition for Windows 7 installation on your harddisk.

    Step1: Create a partition for Windows 7 under Windows XP

    To create a partition in Windows XP, you will need to download some type of third-party <a href="">partition manager</a> tools. There are a variety of options available, but I recommend you to use Partition Assistant Home Edition, a free, powerful, reliable partition software which allows you to perform basic and advanced partition job.

    1.Download and install the free Partition Assistant Home Edition. Then Launch Partition Assistant and it'll display the complete disk information in the main interface. I have a 465.76GB hard disk that is partitioned with a 58.59GB system partition on which Windows XP is installed and two data partitions(195.32GB D: partition and 211.85GB E: partition). What I need to do now is to resize one of the data partitions to regain enough space for Windows 7 installation.

    2.Right-click D: partition (or E: partition). Drag the left borderline rightwards to free up 60.73GB for Windows 7 system partition. (the minimum system requires 16GB)

    3.Right-click the unallocated space and select "Create". In the pop-up window, you can set the partition as Windows 7 and create as "Primary Partition". Then click "OK".

    4.Click "Apply" on the left top of the toolbar to execute pending operations.

    Step2: Install Windows 7 on the new partition

    1.Insert your Windows 7 CD/DVD into the optical drive and reboot your computer (you will have to have enabled booting from your DVD drive in your system BIOS).

    2.The quite simple installation wizard guides you automatically. When you're choosing installation type, make sure you select Custom (advanced).

    3.Choose the new partition you created and click "Next". Note: Choose the wrong partition may lead to wipe your other Windows installation altogether, so be sure you pick the new partition you just created.)

    4.Windows will run through some installation bits, restart several times in the process. Eventually you will be prompted to set up your account, enter your license key, and set up Windows.

    Right now, you'll be able to easily boot from Windows XP or Windows 7 and get all the tools necessary to dual boot Windows 7 and XP. Additionally, if you have to migrate your settings, documents, and applications from XP to Windows 7, the partition copy feature built-in <a href="">free partition manager</a> is the best choice.

    Learn more about <a href="">partition magic download</a>.Stop by Richard Nalder's site where you can find out all about partition magic for windows 7 and what it can do for you.

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    Title: Ways to Realize Dual Boot Windows 7 and XP with Partition Software
    Author: Richard Nalder
    Keywords: Computers,Technology,Software,IT,Internet,Microsoft,Hard Drive,Windows System,Windows Server,Data Backup,Data Recovery
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    Category: Software


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