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Ok, I've got what I believe to be a tricky tech question. I've gotten started on a theory I've had, but have been having issues bringing it home, I was hoping you could give me a hand.
I'm using a Windows 7 Toshiba Satellite with a broken DVD drive. I want to start over with Windows XP, and have decided that it would be most beneficial if I create a second partition and put the installation CD there. This way if I need it in the future, I will have easy access.
Using Partition Wizard I created a second "Primary" partition with about 5GBS of space. I zipped up the XP install cd into a ISO file. Using EasyBCD I was able to add the iso/partition to the MBR/BDR.
Everything went smoothly until I ran the ISO and hit the "Starting Windows" faze of the installation. At that point I recieved the Blue Screen of death...however it did not dumb RAM...it just kinda froze.

This leads me to my ultimate question:
1. Is it possible to create a second partition on my hard drive (or external) that can run a windows installation, so as to re-install/format my primary partition?
2. If this is possible, how might I go about performing said task?
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Um, why? Buy an external USB drive and then just use the CD to reinstall in the future, it'll be a lot easier.

You can install XP from the hard drive if you really want to, though it's a lot more effort and doesn't run any quicker than it does off a CD.
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Are you trying to reformat the entire drive to get rid of windows 7? or
Are you trying to do a dual boot install of XP?

I would 1st check to see if you can find all the drivers that would be required for XP.
Newer computers are VERY difficult (if not impossible) to back down to a previous OS.
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