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I have a brand new alienware desktop preinstalled with Windows 7 Ultimate, 64 bit. I am trying to create a multiboot system using XP as the additional OS for Flight Simulation. I have two hard drives installed, one of which has XP installed. Whenever I try to boot to the drive with xp, I get the BSOD. Yesterday, I formatted my second drive and tried to reinstall XP, Professional 64 bit numerous of times and got the BSOD. Would you please advise? Thank you
 

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Installing XP on a SATA drive requires an additional step:

http://xphelpandsupport.mvps.org/how_do_i_install_windows_xp_on_a.htm

However, Most newer BIOS allow an Alternate method for SATA . . Go into the bios and check the "Sata Operation" setting,

change it to "Raid Autodetect/ATA if it is not already. Now try to install XP ( could be IDE Mode, Compatibility Mode or Legacy Mode - different BIOS use different terms )

some will say IDE instead of ATA)

Since you want to dual boot, you cannot do this, you'll need to slipstream the sata drivers on the XP CD, follow the instructions in this guide :

http://www.digitgeek.com/how-to-slipstream-sata-drivers-into-xp-cd/

or

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...d-disk-drives-during-windows-xp-installation/
 
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