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Should I Install XP first or 7?

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Silly question, I know, but I wanted to be sure of what I know. I have a new 1Tb Sata Hard Drive and was going to do a fresh install of XP and 7. I wanted 7 to be first in line and be on C drive while XP would be on D Drive. a Small Partition, just in case I ever needed it. Is it okay if I installed XP later? Following this guide http://webtrickz.com/how-to-install-windows-xp-over-windows-7-in-a-dual-boot/ it seems I can always use the Easy BCD and Win 7 repair disk to fix any boot issues but other then that, is there anything else I need to know or do?

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I don't think the order matters.
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I'm going with Windows 7 first then. smile.gif
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At boot it will simply ask which OS you'd like to boot into thus the installation order does not matter. thumb.gif
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Windows 7 has the bootmgr within it, so I would go with that first. Then install XP afterwords

Depending on your version of 7, you can get Virtual PC and XP Mode for free to run XP as a virtual machine
    
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I'd go XP first, then install 7. That way you wouldn't need to do any messing around with the bootloader like you would need to do if you are installing XP after 7. But it's likely that OP has already done it now anyway.
     
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For all those who said Windows 7 first, it's doable but it's going to involve a TON of work: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/dual-boot-your-pre-installed-windows-7-computer-with-xp/

It would actually be more easier if you install the older O.S. first and then follow with the latest O.S. thumb.gif
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For all those who said Windows 7 first, it's doable but it's going to involve a TON of work: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/8790/dual-boot-your-pre-installed-windows-7-computer-with-xp/

It would actually be more easier if you install the older O.S. first and then follow with the latest O.S. thumb.gif

There is really not much point at all when you have virtualization, put the .iso in VirtualBox create VHD and set to boot from it. I have Windows Server 2008 Enterprise running on my laptop for school purposes in seamless mode so its always on along with my Vista clients and Windows 7 Host computer.
    
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+1 to both Scott1541 and grss1982 for getting the order correct.  Partition the disk first, then install XP on the second partition, followed by 7 on the first partition.  When it is installing, Windows 7 will detect XP and automatically add it to the new BCD.  But if you install 7 first, you'll have to deal with the BCD manually, because Windows XP knows nothing about it and uses Boot.ini instead.  XP may even disable the BCD in favor of NTLDR.
 
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