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Old 06-09-2010, 08:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I wish to be able to dual boot my laptop in XP (I have Vista H.P) from an external harddrive. Help please?

P.S: I have no experience of proper programming, so, mostly Jargon free please.
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I am unsure about external drives. I do not think you can do so. You can run VirtualBox. XP inside Vista.
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Okay first and foremost i must warn you that this is a really tough task to accomplish with the best of knowledge. If you do not know or understand about the boot.ini file or how to edit it without being able to boot into Windows, you best start there. Booting Windows from an External Device is tricky at best and XP was the last version of Windows that allowed for this.

The reason it is so tricky is that once you remove the device, it is assigned a new SSID or hard drive ID. You will then have to edit the boot.ini file to reflect the change so that you can boot to the external. Not to mention you must have a system that can boot from USB devices.

So do you have such knowledge already before we guide you on this process?
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