Installing XP on Netbook

  Baz48 18:27 18 Dec 2010
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I need a netbook solely for viewing movies in divX format and for running a mapping program. Unfortunately the mapping program will not run on Windows 7. As XP netbooks are thin on the ground will it be easy to either dual install XP/Win7 or just straight XP? Does Win7 have a compatibility mode that might run the mapping prog?

If I formatted the HD to install XP, how would the USB drivers be installed to enable use of a usb dvd drive?

Cheers
Barry

  GaT7 18:44 18 Dec 2010

"will it be easy to either dual install XP/Win7" - yes, shouldn't be a problem, but the hard drive would need to be divided into at least 2 partitions, with the XP install going on first (preferably).

"Does Win7 have a compatibility mode that might run the mapping prog?" - I doubt the Win7 (being Starter edition) that usually comes with most netbooks will have a compatibility/XP Mode. But anything better (Home Premium & better) can be made to run XP Mode (basically a virtual XP PC within Win7) with the help of the free VMLite click here. Not sure how a netbook will cope with XP mde though, so the dual-booting option may be better.

"If I formatted the HD to install XP, how would the USB drivers be installed to enable use of a usb dvd drive?" - should be automatically taken care of by XP, but if not, a USB flash drive can be used to do this. If you don't have one, they are available starting at under £5 click here. Also check on Amazon. G

  Baz48 20:36 18 Dec 2010

If you think that XP needs to go on first in a dual operating system then I may as well just put XP on there as I'm not really bothered about 7.

"should be automatically taken care of by XP, but if not, a USB flash drive can be used to do this."- I have plenty of flash drives but how do I get the netbook to actually look for a boot disk or usb drivers if it dosn't know it has a usb port? Does the bios take care of this or am I being a bit thick?

  Baz48 20:53 18 Dec 2010

OK I have just found out that the usb connection is one of the bootable drives in the BIOS. I have only ever had PC's that need usb drivers that are installed with the operating system.

Cheers
Barry

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