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Problem in Installing XP on my Windows7 laptop


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LucyR1

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Help! I need to install Windows XP Pro to a partiton on my new Windows 7 Hope Premium Edition laptop. I'm assuming that once I've loaded the second operating system that I'll be able to install some of my old software that will not load on Win7.

I started out by going into BIOS and setting the computer to boot from CD.
Things appeared to be going as expected when an error popped up. It said dmload.sys is corrupted and that Windows is unable to start.

What can I do to solve this problem, or do you know of another solution to load old 32 bit programs. I can't use compatibility mode as they are not yet installed on this computer. Any assistance is appreciated!
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peterm

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Hi LucyR1
Welcome to G2G
Instead of a dual boot I would run Virtual PC it is free from Microsoft.
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The advantage of this is you can run xp in virtual mode and switch between windos 7 and xp without a reboot.
If you have a video card that lets you run another monitor then you can run XP on one monitor and Win 7 on the other.
Why do you say you cannot use XP compatibilty mode?
If an older program doesn't run correctly, the first, and easiest, thing to try is the Program Compatibility troubleshooter. It can automatically detect and fix common problems that prevent older programs from installing or running correctly.

Open the Program Compatibility troubleshooter by clicking the Start button Picture of the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Under Programs, click Run programs made for previous versions of Windows.


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Noob_B_Fershur

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@peterm: XP mode is available to users running Win 7 Pro or Ultimate only, not available in Home Premium (I know this because I tried, LOL) Another alternative if you have an XP installation CD/DVD is VMWare Player or VirtualBox
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peterm

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Hi Noob_B_Fershur

XP mode is available to users running Win 7 Pro or Ultimate

This is true.
However I was not recommending that LucyR1 try XP mode simply run
Virtual PC and then load xp which is different to xp mode it is the same as running
Sandbox or Virtual Box but using a Microsoft product.

LucyR1 whichever program you pick - Virtual PC, Sandbox or Virtual Box they all do a similar thing.
Regards
Peterm
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