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can I install Windows XP on separate usb hard drive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by aaronep@pacbell.net, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. aaronep@pacbell.net

    aaronep@pacbell.net Flightless Bird

    I presently have Windows 7 installed on my primary internal hard
    drive. Unfortunately, there are some applications that I wish to use
    that will not work with Windows 7, but will work with Windows XP.

    Is it possible to install Windows XP on a separate USB hard drive and
    then , when computer boots up, instruct the computer to access the usb
    hard drive only, that has XP installed?

    Also, when I wish to operate Windows 7, upon startup, instruct
    computer to access only the internal hard drive that has Windows 7
    installed?

    This procedure sounds logical to me, but I am posting this question as
    I do not want to go ahead and then screw up my system.

    best, Aaron
     
  2. Dan

    Dan Flightless Bird

    <aaronep@pacbell.net> wrote in message
    news:2037b88c-5164-4ec8-b3c1-1263aade04ea@f20g2000pro.googlegroups.com...
    > I presently have Windows 7 installed on my primary internal hard
    > drive. Unfortunately, there are some applications that I wish to use
    > that will not work with Windows 7, but will work with Windows XP.
    >
    > Is it possible to install Windows XP on a separate USB hard drive and
    > then , when computer boots up, instruct the computer to access the usb
    > hard drive only, that has XP installed?
    >
    > Also, when I wish to operate Windows 7, upon startup, instruct
    > computer to access only the internal hard drive that has Windows 7
    > installed?
    >
    > This procedure sounds logical to me, but I am posting this question as
    > I do not want to go ahead and then screw up my system.
    >
    > best, Aaron


    Can you not just use the XP Mode for Windows 7?
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/windows-xp-mode.aspx

    --
    Dan
     
  3. P.A. Toot

    P.A. Toot Flightless Bird

    No.

    <aaronep@pacbell.net> wrote in message
    news:2037b88c-5164-4ec8-b3c1-1263aade04ea@f20g2000pro.googlegroups.com...
    :I presently have Windows 7 installed on my primary internal hard
    : drive. Unfortunately, there are some applications that I wish to use
    : that will not work with Windows 7, but will work with Windows XP.
    :
    : Is it possible to install Windows XP on a separate USB hard drive and
    : then , when computer boots up, instruct the computer to access the usb
    : hard drive only, that has XP installed?
    :
    : Also, when I wish to operate Windows 7, upon startup, instruct
    : computer to access only the internal hard drive that has Windows 7
    : installed?
    :
    : This procedure sounds logical to me, but I am posting this question as
    : I do not want to go ahead and then screw up my system.
    :
    : best, Aaron
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Flightless Bird

    "Dan" <news@worldofspack.com> wrote in message
    news:%23WBvALNLLHA.4796@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    > <aaronep@pacbell.net> wrote in message
    > news:2037b88c-5164-4ec8-b3c1-1263aade04ea@f20g2000pro.googlegroups.com...
    >> I presently have Windows 7 installed on my primary internal hard
    >> drive. Unfortunately, there are some applications that I wish to use
    >> that will not work with Windows 7, but will work with Windows XP.
    >>
    >> Is it possible to install Windows XP on a separate USB hard drive and
    >> then , when computer boots up, instruct the computer to access the usb
    >> hard drive only, that has XP installed?
    >>
    >> Also, when I wish to operate Windows 7, upon startup, instruct
    >> computer to access only the internal hard drive that has Windows 7
    >> installed?
    >>
    >> This procedure sounds logical to me, but I am posting this question as
    >> I do not want to go ahead and then screw up my system.
    >>
    >> best, Aaron

    >
    > Can you not just use the XP Mode for Windows 7?
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/features/windows-xp-mode.aspx
    >
    > --
    > Dan

    Provided the user has Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate.
    Mike
     

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