Well then you found such a version of linux. Is called linux mint, lol.
Dual booting XP + Mint 10 now ... with zero problems. Takes all of 3 google searches and at most an hr to figure it out. Also setting it up to boot into XP by default is more or less self explanatory. Didn't even have to look that up.
Gnome menu>control center> start-up manager. Select XP's partition, tell grub how many seconds to give you to select another OS at startup ... done. Which you could also set it to no delay and then hold down a key at bootup to tell grub you wanna select another OS too ( think it's esc, but not 100% sure which one it is. Have mine set up to give me 4secs to choose. Then boot into XP if I don't) . Not going to touch the how to XP + Mint, it's all over these forums and the net in general.
Windows 7, horse of a slightly diff color seems ... But not by any means impossible. Since so many people are doing it with lil effort.
(edit) That came out a lil harsher than intended, lol. Ummmm, just don't get these people with the. How do I change sounds ... etc, so forth. There's a menu button with a thing called control center in it. If I wanted to control summin.
I might click on that ... then if I saw summin marked sounds in the control center ... Might click on that as a good poss too. Hey what do ya know, you can control sounds in the control center sounds section !!!
Anyway ... actually meant to offer summin helpful.
In control center>startup manager ... you can also set grubs screen resolution. Would set that to be the same as the OS's you're booting into. Not that it'll necessarily hurt anything. Just reduces the number of times you'll see the screen colors blur up when booting into one of your partitions. Which after it finishes booting will be fine anyway.
Also as a precaution on older hardware I chose to format Mint main partition as ext3, instead of the newer ext4. Had read about people having issues with ext4 on older hardware. Cannot say if that's still the case or not. Went with ext3 just to be safe and Mints running fine.
OT: nah na na na na na.