Unfortunately, you cannot dual boot your new laptop from the old laptop hard drive. The challenge is that when Windows XP was installed on your old IBM desktop, Windows loaded the drivers for all the hardware that the IBM had on it. There is software that will strip out the hardware dependencies, but it needs to be run before you decide to migrate a system image to a new hardware platform.
If you have migrated all your data off the old drive, which is now in the enclosure, you could install another operating system on the external drive from your new Dell laptop, and make the system dual boot. Please ask any questions you may have.
Understood. Let me add some clarity to my answer:
The BIOS isn't smart enough to know that the external drive's Windows XP operating system was compiled and installed on your old IBM desktop. When you select that bootable drive with the Windows XP installed on it, Windows XP is unable to launch because it was compiled and installed on different hardware, so it will always give you a message to put your installation disk in. That's what happens when the operating system fails to boot, the operating system assumes that something is corrupt and it needs to repair itself.
If you want to reinstall Windows XP, you need to first move any files you want to keep from the external drive through Windows Explorer on your Windows 7 Dell laptop, to the local laptop drive. Then you need to reboot your computer and enter the BIOS menu, and change the order of your boot devices to CD/DVD before the hard drives. If you have your Windows XP disc in the CD/DVD drive when you boot next time, it will bring up the Windows XP menu. Now you will choose to install Windows XP on the external drive (be very careful not to install it on your local drive.)
Important things to note: Ensure that your XP installation disc is a commercial copy and not an OEM IBM copy, as many times, these disks are not full versions and will only install on the specific hardware they were shipped with.
Please post back if I failed to answer your question.
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If you don't mind, I'll post back a few more steps to try, but in the meantime, can you tell me the exact model of dell laptop you are using, so I can see what BIOS it uses. Also, do you get a prompt to press any key to boot from CD with the installation disk in there? If you open up Windows 7 with the Windows XP disk in the CD tray, can you right click on the disk drive, select Explore and tell me what files you see?
I have my son's soccer game in a bit, and I coach, but with these questions answered, I'll post next steps after I get back.
I apologize for the delay. I had an extremely long day at work, when you press F2 to bring up the bios menu, please change the boot device order to boot from the CD/DVD ROM drive first. Then save and exit the bios menu. Let me know what happens.
I discovered earlier today that I don't need to Dual Boot with Windows 7 as it has Virtual PC ability. I saved the download site from Microsoft for you;
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Jim, you are very right. It can run XP programs in a virtual mode. I thought you wanted to format your external drive to boot specifically into a native XP environment. I should have clarified your request first.
I can definitely help. Let me know what applications you want to load.
Yes, and it's not supported by Nuance in Windows 7, so you are on the right track with Virtual PC and XP Mode. Here's a complete link for how XP Mode works:
Towards the bottom of the page, you'll see To install and use a program in Windows XP Mode
That's the link you'll use to install the program. One of the important notes that I want to bring up that is also mentioned on this page, but it's stressed enough, is the the Windows XP instance on the Virtual PC is a completely separate operating system. As such, the first thing you install should be Security and Anti-virus software to protect that XP virtual instance.
Per the Windows link I provided above:
In Windows 7, click the Start button
Attachments are only available to registered users.
In Windows XP Mode, insert the program's installation disc into your computer's CD/DVD drive; or browse to the program's installation file, open the file, and follow the instructions to install the program.
Click the Close button
I've got to the point of loading the Visioneer scanner and house guests arrived. I think I'm o.k. from here. I'll try again this evening or in the morning. Thanks