ok, so here is my situation. i just rebuilt my home computer with Win7 64bit. my main purpose for this rig is editing vids and images. and so far it rocks, with one exception (so far).
My work deals with videos being recorded in a certain codec (from the 90's apparently). So, needless to say, i cant load it in my 64bit system in order to view these recorded videos. The manufacturer says im $#it out of luck on my win7 64bit rig and need xp (at most) in order to edit them (as i still do on my work computer).
So, what i am thinking. is loading XP and Win7 64bit on my home computer in a dual boot setup. But, ive never had to do this so im a little lost. Ive read a little on it and some say install 1 over the other, some say the opposite. Can someone here layout CLEAR instructions on how to do this?
Im unsure on a few things in particular. Such as, if im running off of 1 hard drive, i need to partition it at least twice right? 1 for each OS? but i know win7 pre partitions before install (extra 100gb partition). how do i take that into account? do i then need to install programs into both partitions if i want to be able to use them regardless of which way i boot up? in other words, if xp is on c: and win7 is on d:, do i need to install cs3 into both hard drives for them to be usable whenever i want?
i know some programs work in both xp and win7, but i know for a fact that some of my current programs do NOT work in win7 already. so i DO need xp. Like i said, im a little lost (maybe more than a little). Thanks in advance for any help!