Install and run multiple operating systems on the same PC. Linux, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP & ETC Inc..


One of the reasons that some users did not want to move or even to test new Windows 7Is either convenience or habit or addiction of some applications that run only on Windows XP. Brings into question Windows XPBecause we are pretty sure that users who have bought and have installed Windows Vista, Passed to Windows 7. Much of ...
We tested Windows 7 since official launch day the first beta, and I chose to install the new operating system dual-boot cu Windows Vista and Windows XP. For weeks, I have given up keep by two operating systems on our PCs, and we chose to stay only Windows 7. Needs have led us to seek a solution yet to run other operating systems in parallel with the system.

In what follows I will show how you can install and run Windows XP on a PC that you installed Windows 7. Of course, those who have installed Windows XP on PCs can install Windows 7, Windows Vista or any other operating system in parallel with the base.

How to create a virtual PC install Windows XP. .

Before you start installing the OS, make sure you have enough space on your hard drive and enough RAM, so your PC to support another operating system over the base.

1. Go to and download VirtualBox for Windows hosts. x86 / amd64.

2. Proceed VirtualBox application installation process and finally fill the registration form.

virtual box registration

3. Sun VirtualBox console, click on the blue button "New"-> Next -> Select a name for the operating system, type of operating system si version.

installing windows xp

4. In the next screen, choose how much RAMOf quantum installed on your PC you want to use the new OS Windows XP. Recommended that it would be to allocate as little. It depends on what your application is going to run the OS.

alocate Windows XP RAM

5. In the next step, you will need to create a virtual hard drive for OS.

virtual hard disk

Choose a location on your hard drive where you want the file to be virtual (eg xp.vdi) The virtual hard disk and volume allocations. (Depending on the size and determine the software to be installed)


6. Finish & Finish.

Up to this step, we were able to prepare Virtual PC for Windows XP. In Sun VirtualBox interface, we have the new system, where you have to set the properties and, depending on our needs. Boot order, video memoryPorts USB, NICEtc motherboard.

system settings

7. If Install Windows XP from CDWill be established in VirtualBox, partition "Removable Storage"CD / DVD. See in My Compuer is this partition and see in the image below where it should be mounted partition.

mount dvd cd

8. Insert the Windows XP CD, click Windows XP in VirtualBox & Start.

Installation and virtual operating system functionality (Windows XP in our case) will be the same as a normal PC. You can install apps, you can connect to Internet and run any sotturi want (limited memory and disk space allocated).
In Sun VirtualBox, along with Windows XP, you can add other operating systems. Note that for each operating system is required to create a virtual PC, which must assign resources (RAM, HDD) based system.


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8 Comments: Install and run multiple operating systems on the same PC. Linux, Windows 7, Vista, Windows XP & ETC Inc.. #
  1. gigi says:

    not going to ask Shared RAM, HDD and video

  2. gigi says:

    understand that RAM and HDD can not be made common ......??????

  3. Burada says:

    Hello. If you have already installed 2 widowsuri. Now run on Windows 7. How do I add XP? necessarily have installed virtualbox? Mc1

  4. [...] Uninstalling and reinstalling version of Sun VirtualBox 3.0.4 / install Sun VirtualBox version 3.0.2. [...]

  5. [...] Conflict with Sun VirtualBox (especially if there is a virtual operating system Windows [...]

  6. mmg1818 says:

    no: 1 is


  7. Siro says:

    I have a problem! SP3 time I installed Windows XP, I installed SunVb I did all the settings I came home, I booted from DVD with Win 7 after loading I say as follows:

    Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change Might be the cause. To fix the problem:
    1. Insert your Windows installation disc and restart your computer.
    2.Choose your language settings, and THEN click "Next."
    3.Click "Repair your computer."

    If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

    File: \ windows \ system32 \ boot \ winload.exe

    Status: 0xc000035a

    Info: Attempting to load the 64-bit application, however this cpu is not compatible with 64-bit mode.

    My system consists of: Gigabyte EP35-DS4, E8500,9600gt, 4gb RAM, HDD 500gb.

    Please help!

    • liv1305 says:

      If you 32 bit Windows XP can not install VB 32-bit systems only.

      If you 64-bit Windows version of VB on 64 take bits and you can install in VB and operating systems 64 32 bits and bits.

      Even if the processor you have is the 64 bit, if you have installed an operating system 32-bit processor that you have working bits 32 only.


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