Windows 7 Need instruction on Dual boot....


New Member
I am currently running Windows XP Pro x64, and I have no idea how to safely go about creating a new partition on my hard drive so that I can install Windows 7 and have it able to dual boot between the two. I am only running one 1TB HDD at the moment, so installing Windows 7 on its own disk is not an option for me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


New Member
None of the solutions that come to mind are elegant. The first is to use a third-party program to shrink the existing partition and create a new one. I don't know how much data you have on your system, but if it is not much, then you could also clean install Win 7 RC, use its utilities to create another partition, then load XP into that new partition.

Personally, I would opt for the third-party route. You are less likely to lose any data, and there are some excellent freeware programs to accomplish the task of repartitioning.

In any case, while Vista/Win 7RC can coexist with XP, it must be set up right to make it easy for the user. EasyBCD is an excellent (and free) way to create a multiple-boot solution. Read their FAQ pages about XP.


Senior Member
I used easeus partition manager to create a partition,without any promblems,but once i installed windows 7 on the partition,i could not boot into xp,please make sure you back up before you patition and install windows 7.
it seems a number of people are having problems dual booting windows 7 and xp,being as you dont know much about patitioning backing up is vital.good luck