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How to dual boot when Windows XP was installed after Windows 7?

Now,I have win 7 and I am running win xp on the virtual machine but it is too slow.So, I want to know if there is a way to install windows XP in parallel with win 7.

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Sure. Use another partition on the HDD or a second HDD and then have a dual boot setting in boot.ini

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or he can use grub. –  David Sep 21 '12 at 17:44
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Use some other HDD or some other drive in the same HDD. But remember, when installing in the same HDD always take a backup of the hidden file "ntldr". It is hidden somewhere in C: or your WinXP drive, and is easily searchable.

The benefit of doing so would be that while installing Windows 7, sometimes, the file gets deleted automatically, preventing you from booting Windows XP ever again. By taking a backup of the file and noting down the location of the file, it can be easily pasted back to its original location if it gets deleted so that you're able to boot for Windows XP as well as Windows 7 from the same HDD.

If you choose to install both the OSs in different HDDs, however, then you need not do anything.

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