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Dual Boot Windows Vista and XP

This tutorial will show you how to install Microsoft Windows Vista in a dual boot option with Microsoft Windows XP. This is great choice when you first migrate to Vista. If there are any problems, you can simply boot into XP and get important work done.
In order to install Windows Vista in a dual-boot configuration along with Windows XP, you need to have either a second partition on your existing hard disk or a second hard disk in your system. You will want to have about 20 GB of free space. You can create a new partition on your existing drive using software such as Partition Magic or Partition Expert (which I recommend), both are available online.
Once you have your second partition or second hard disk operational, just insert your Windows Vista disk and restart the machine. Then you will want to boot from CD (or DVD). You should see a screen letting you know that Windows Vista is loading.

The default settings are set for English, click next to continue.

Now select the Install Now button .

Now you will need to enter your Microsoft Windows Vista serial number. By default Windows Vista will activate you copy after installation, you can unselect this option is you wish. I recommend un-checking the box, simply because Microsoft may lock your serial key if it is activated too many times, this could happen if you are experimenting and have to reinstall Vista, or if you decide to install Vista by itself later on.

At this point in the installation, you’re prompted to type in your product key for activation.
If you decide to disable the automatic activation routine, you will receive a warning. Click yes to continue.

If you didn’t enter a serial key, the setup will prompt you for the version of Microsoft Windows Vista that you are using. Select the correct version for your license.

Now you must agree to Microsoft’s Terms. Of course they are completely absurd, but you have now choice.

On the Which Type Of Installation Do You Want Page click the Custom (advanced) button.

On the Where Do You Want To Install Windows? Select your second partition or second hard drive.

Once the select a partition or disk and click Next, the rest of the installation will continue as it normally would. As such, I won’t follow the installation procedure any further in this article.
Once the installation is complete, you’ll see the Windows Boot Manager screen, you can now select which operating system you will boot into. Select Microsoft Windows Vista

You can change the boot manager settings if you would like, if not then you can stop reading. Go to Control Panel, System, Advance System Setting link in the Tasks pane and confirm though the UAC prompt. When you see the System Properties dialog box, click Settings in the Startup and Recovery panel. You’ll then see the Startup and Recovery dialog box.

In the System Startup pane, you can change the settings.

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Howdy folks, I have a challange on my hands,Being over 60, I need help from the data gurus. I am 2 harddisks on my pc.One has Vista & the other one I will use for Windows 7. How can I get my pc when I turn it on to be able to give me a choice on the screen as to which of the 2 OS I wish to use? I certainy appreciate your thoughts.


Here is a guide on how to dual boot with Vista and Windows 7 click here Another option you have is to install Windows 7 as a virtual machine, in my opinion this is easier, safer, and a better option. You can download a program from Sun Micro Systems called Virtual Box for free here And I've posted a tutorial on how to install Windows 7 in Virtual Box here in the Tutorials section.

Sep 23, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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corrupted XP Professional


No it is not possible to repair xp the way you indicate.

Acers come with one or the other option of operating system and you would choose (if you were offered the downgrade option)

Once that choice is made you are locked into it unless you buy another operating system to install under a dual boot option.

Sorry it is not what you wanted to hear but that is how it is I am afraid.

Aug 21, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional SP3 Full...

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i'm using win2k pro sp5 can i do a vista upgrade?


How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

UPDATED | Got a Vista PC and want to install XP so you can dual-boot between them? Here's how to do it, in an easy, step-by-step format. Page 1 - Intro
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Scenario: You want to install Vista on your PC alongside your XP installation, on the same drive. You have installed Vista already. (If you have XP installed first, check out our earlier tutorial on how to dual boot Vista and XP with XP installed first.)
Tutorial Summary: We need to shrink the Vista partition on the hard disk and create enough space for an installation of XP. This can be done in three ways - using the GPartEd Live CD, the DISKPART utility on the Vista DVD or the Vista Disk Management GUI - and we'll cover all three. We'll then install XP and install EasyBCD to reinstate the Vista bootloader which will be overwritten during the XP installation, and then use EasyBCD to configure Vista's bootloader to boot the XP partition.
Updated September 2008: This is an updated tutorial, based on our first Windows Vista/XP dual-booting workshop. The main differences are that we are now using Windows Vista SP1 and Windows XP SP3. EasyBCD has also been updated and this makes some of the steps in our first tutorial redundant - the whole process is now easier.
This tutorial has been tested on a VMWare 6 Workstation.

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Mar 16, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition

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Dual Boot problem in Windows XP & VISTA


Don't try to edit the xp boot.ini or the vista bootloader. It only leads to other problems and headaches.
Try this first: Take note as to which drive has vista on it, put your vista installation cd in the drive and let it boot to the "installation window", then choose "repair", then "startup repair." Make sure you choose the drive that already has vista on it. Let that run and when it re-boots you should then be given a choice to boot to vista or "other windows".
There is also a (free) program called EasyBCD. Download that, read the directions and have at it.
If none of that works, you'll have to do a clean install. Install XP on one drive first, then Vista on the second drive in that order. The Vista bootloader will pick up the XP. However, XP is NOT forward compatible and will not recognize the Vista bootloader. Make sure that you don't have any flashdrives or media cards plugged in before doing the install.
Another approach would be to shrink the Vista volume, creat a new partition, then install Linux Ubuntu that partition. Linux will detect all of the OS's and create a boot menu. Unfortunately, you'll lose about 5 gigs to the Linux OS and it's swap partition, but then, you get to goof around with Linux :-)

Feb 25, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with...

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dual boot xp and vista on one hard disk


http://majorgeeks.com/VistaBootPRO_d5625.html

from here download vista boot pro ..and install it..there u can find option to add OS MENU while booting...

Feb 12, 2009 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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