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How to: Dual Boot system with XP & Vista on separate hard drives

Hello,
I would like to install the hard drive from my old Windows XP computer into my Vista machine and set it up so I can choose which one to use at startup and easily switch from one to the other.

I know how to install the hard drive in the computer, I just don't know how to set up the dual boot system. Can anyone help?

Thanks!

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  • msbel Sep 12, 2009

    I have two separate hard drives so the above info isn't an issue. Thanks anyway!

  • Michael Thomas
    Michael Thomas May 11, 2010

    Hello there: this may help you out some ok
    Reformatting and Repairing the Hard Disk

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    You may need to reformat and repartition your hard disk if:


    You have only one volume. You have to install each
    operating system on a separate volume of your computer so that each
    installation can retain its own files and configuration information.
    The boot partition is not formatted with the correct file system:

    If
    you want to create a multiple-boot system by using MS-DOS, Windows 95,
    Windows 98 or Windows Me, you have to format the system partition by
    using FAT16 or FAT32 because the operating system cannot start if the
    system partition is NTFS.
    If you want to create a multiple-boot
    system by using Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me along with
    Microsoft Windows XP, you have to format the boot partition by using
    FAT16 because Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows Me do not support the
    NTFS file system.
    If you want to install Windows 95, Windows
    98, or Windows Me with Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP, you
    can format the boot partition by using FAT16 because Windows NT 4.0
    does not support the FAT32 file system.
    If you want to create a
    multiple-boot system using Windows 98 or Windows Me with Windows 2000,
    or Windows XP, you can format the boot partition by using FAT32. Note
    If you format a Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP volume with
    any file system other than NTFS, you will lose all NTFS-specific
    features. This includes some Windows XP features such as file system
    security, Encrypting File System (EFS) settings, disk quotas, and
    Remote Storage. Likewise, Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Me do not
    recognize an NTFS partition and identify it as unknown. Therefore, if
    you format a Windows 98 or Windows Me partition as FAT, and a Windows
    XP partition as NTFS, any files on the NTFS partition will not be
    available or visible if you try to access them while running Windows 98
    or Windows Me.
    Supported File Systems

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    The following table lists the supported file systems for Microsoft operating systems:


    Operating system Supported file systems ----------------------------------------- MS-DOS FAT Windows 3.1 FAT Windows NT FAT, NTFS Windows 95 FAT Windows 95 OSR2 FAT, FAT32 Windows 98 FAT, FAT32 Windows Me FAT, FAT32 Windows 2000 FAT, FAT32, NTFS Windows XP FAT, FAT32, NTFS Precautions
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    Before creating a multiple-boot configuration with Windows XP and another operating system, review the following precautions:

    Before attempting to create a multiple-boot system, be sure to back up your current system and all data files. Each
    operating system must be installed on a separate volume. Microsoft does
    not support installing multiple operating systems on the same volume. If
    you have only one volume on your computer, you have to reformat and
    repartition your hard disk to contain multiple volumes before you begin
    creating a multiple-boot configuration, unless you are simply
    installing another copy of Windows XP. Do not install Windows XP on a compressed drive that was not compressed using the NTFS compression utility. You
    have to use a different computer name for each operating system if the
    computer is on a Windows 2000 or Windows XP secure domain. Install the operating systems in the following order: MS-DOS Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me Windows NT Windows 2000 Windows XPBack to the topTo Create a Multiple-Boot System with Windows XP and MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me
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    Note
    You can only install a single instance of Windows 95, Windows 98, or
    Windows Me in a multiple-boot configuration. You cannot configure a
    computer to multiple-boot Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me because
    each of these platforms use the same boot file. For example, you can
    use Windows 95, Windows 2000, and Windows XP, but you cannot use
    Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows XP.
    You have to install Windows XP only after installing MS-DOS, Windows
    95, Windows 98, or Windows Me to prevent these operating systems from
    overwriting the Windows XP boot sector and the Windows XP startup
    files.

    To create a multiple-boot system with Windows XP and MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me:

    Ensure that your hard disk is formatted with the correct file system. Install
    the multiple operating systems into separate volumes, in the following
    order: MS-DOS; Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me; and then Windows
    XP. Do one of the following: If you want a multiple-boot
    system with MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me along with
    Windows XP, install MS-DOS, Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me, and
    then install Windows XP. If you want a dual-boot system with
    Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me, along with Windows XP, you should
    install either Windows 95, Windows 98 or Windows Me, and then install
    Windows XP.

    Install each operating system according to the standard installation procedure.
    Back to the topTo Create a Multiple-Boot System with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP
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    Using a multiple-boot system with both Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP is
    not recommended as a long-term solution. The NTFS update in Service
    Pack 5 (SP5) for Windows NT 4.0 is provided only to help you evaluate
    and upgrade to Windows XP.

    To create a multiple-boot system with Windows NT 4.0 and Windows XP:

    Ensure that your hard disk is formatted with the correct file system.
    Install Windows NT 4.0 and apply SP5, and then install Windows X

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If XP where your primary OS this would not be a problem. Since Vista is the Primary you are going to need to get a boot loader that will start before either OS does and use that to choose OS at bootup.

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To begine we're going to shrink the Windows XP partition on the hard disk andcreate enough space for an installation of Vista. There are two easymethods of doing this - using the GPartEd Live CD and the DISKPARTutility on the Vista DVD. On some systems, depending on the primarystorage controller, We'll then install Vista and use the EasyBCDutility to modify Vista's bootloader to get XP loading properly. Please follow this link for a thorough explanation.
http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vista_with_xp__stepbystep_guide_with_screenshots.htm

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