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What issues should I look out for in Windows 7 dual boot?

What issues should I look out for in Windows 7 dual boot?

I currently have a windows XP machine and two internal hard drives. I want to dual boot with Windows 7 on the second drive. I'll have the license for it in August. This will not be the release candidate.

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Guest [Entry]

To my knowledge there isn't anything too significant you should watch for as long as you don't let windows 7 wipe out your main hard disk.
Guest [Entry]

"Just to be extremely safe: plug off your Windows XP hard drive. That way you don't have to fear formatting it.

Use EasyBCD to set up the dual boot afterwards"
Guest [Entry]

"In Vista, there are a couple of folders which continue to swell as they accumulate different versions of dlls installed by your programs. This is for compatibility reasons and was likely carried over to Windows 7, although I have not confirmed this.

This feature can make the Windows folder expand to many tens of Gigs (i.e. my 8 month-old Vista install has a 25gig Windows folder).

Keep that in mind when partitioning."
Guest [Entry]

"The boot manager installed with Win7 will call XP ""Earlier version of Windows"" and Win7 will be the default boot OS. To change the boot manager config, you'll have to use bcdedit (installed with Windows 7):
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc709667(WS.10).aspx

You should be able to access your XP drive from 7, just keep in mind it won't be called C: in Win7."