Vista to XP

serani

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So I've got Vista 32 loaded on my laptop currently, and I am wanting to throw XP on there as well and dual boot..


Any known issues I should be aware of?


Do I have to screw around with partitioning at all? I havn't messed with multiple OS's for a while..

Thanks
 

Kage

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You will have to partition, since you are at the moment using all your drive for Vista, so if you now tried to install XP, it'd wipe your Vista installation, most likely with all your files, and put XP on.

To dual boot the easy way, you will have to format, and then install both again, setting up a partition on the XP setup, or whichever you decide to install first.

On the other hand, you can use a program called Partition Magic to partition half the drive as it is now within Windows (rather easy to do actually), with space you aren't using, and then on that empty partition, install XP with the setup disc once you restart the PC, with the virtual drive its created.
 

dude_se

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yeah. kages second method should work fine.
im not sure if the xp boot.ini would pick up the vista os but yea that shouldnt be a problem, try this
 

serani

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On the other hand, you can use a program called Partition Magic to partition half the drive as it is now within Windows (rather easy to do actually), with space you aren't using, and then on that empty partition, install XP with the setup disc once you restart the PC, with the virtual drive its created.

So with this program, Partition Magic, am I able to leave Vista installed? And then install XP?

Secondly, if not, and I have to like you had said, format and reinstall BOTH OS's is it easier/difficult to install vista prior to XP or vice versa?

Last, let say this is on a manufactured computer, a Dell Laptop, so the only OS software I have..legit is the Recovery Package Software that is provided, it is a 'full copy' of Vista Premium, but just in case would this give me any issues when trying to reinstall dual boot?

Thanks for all the help guys ^ ^
 

Kage

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Hmm... its possible the Recovery Package Software is already using a partition, but this shouldn't be a problem.

Partition Magic will allow you to do that yes, as it can do it within Windows
 

dude_se

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if you were to format and install both fresh then xp first, and vista second is best every time. this is because the vista setup will let you create a new partition which will then contain vista, and it will still reconise xp on the boot menu without any hassle.
doing the above it worth a go though
 
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