7 steps to Murphy-proof your Win7/XP setup

Posted March 1st, 2010 by lafnsuzi

In my case taking a week to complete this procedure was entirely because I failed to read one word on a regular basis.  That word was SAVE.  After all the little things I thought were problems, I created more for myself.  But I also found solutions, so I thought I’d share those with you and leave out the gory details.  I hear that sigh of relief;O)  Okay, here are the steps.

  1. BACKUP data, drivers, email clients, software setup files.  This includes boot cd/dvd with drivers and basic programs needed to get everything working (such as EasyBCD).  If you will not have another computer handy with web access, make SURE everything is double backed up.
  2. SLEEP and EAT well before starting.  A tired brain and fatigued body just don’t help you think straight.
  3. Go to  SevenForums.com and read everything you can about dual-booting and both operating systems boot disks, etc.
  4. See this article at SevenForums and and print it out so you can follow along easily once your system is down.  You can let this one go if you’ll have another system on the internet nearby while you proceed.  READ and FOLLOW each step including when it says SAVE!
  5. Make sure after the dual-boot is successfully done that your drives are identified in both operating systems with the same drive letter configuration BEFORE attaching any other devices or using a flash drive.  You’ll find the disk management system in Windows7 to do what you need reconfiguring those to match what is in your XP install.
  6. After all drives, devices are installed and before you do anything else, create a mirror image…yeppers, you knew I was going to send you back to SevenForums, huh?  THEN you can freely add all the other stuff to your heart’s content.
  7. Take a moment and thank the tutorial writer(s) at SevenForums for contributing their expert ideas for all to use.  You also might want to thank the author of any freeware you use to accomplish the task as well with a couple quarters in the jar.

6 Responses to “7 steps to Murphy-proof your Win7/XP setup”

  1. Sliloh

    Well, I think I’m scared now! I admire your perseverance in this. Not sure I want a dual boot bad enough to go through it all :)

    Anita

  2. Barb Hartsook

    Thanks! I don’t have it yet, but am glad to know there’s a resource when I get it. :)

  3. lafnsuzi

    LOL…actually now that I’ve been through the process I’d do it again. However, the prep work is key I think. Had I done all that I stated here it would have taken a couple hours instead of weeks…LOL!

  4. lafnsuzi

    Great, that was the point to leaving it here…well, that and so I have the reference when I do it again;O)

  5. Nightshadow

    Thanks so much for publishing this Win 7 info. I know this will come in handy when I’m ready to install the upgrade.

  6. lafnsuzi

    Thanks for stopping by. I’m finding that I really like Win7 except for the compatability. I’m using it much more than XP, but have many “have-to-do” projects that require the older programs, so glad it’s there;O)

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