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Acer 3690-2710 Laptop: I currently have Windows Vista but I also like to install Windows XP. Is it possible? I tried and message came up that not compatible.

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Yes this is completely possible in two ways.
(1) You can install both of these Operating systems Vista ans XP on one PC and when one boots the other is not cannot be booted unless you shut down the first one. Only one OS will run at a time.

(2)You can run XP inside Windows Vista. I have not yet tried vice versa but I find no reason why it is not possible. Remember that you will be running Windows Vista and you will be running Windows XP in a Window with full functionality. You have to use a technology called Visualization. One of the software that facilitates this is called Virtual PC 2007 by Microsoft and it is not difficult to use once you have the basic knowledge. With this software you have to create something called a Virtual machine of Windows XP.

When you install XP and Vista, such as I described in option (1) above, y ou have to divide your hard disk into two parts called partitions and there are labeled as C:, D:, E: etc to distinguish from each other. If you have already installed Vista in one partition usually C: partition you install Windows XP on the other partition. If you have only one partition then you have to create an additional partition to install Windows XP otherwise the message of "not compatible" will be displayed. Remember that you cannot install two operating systems on a single Hard Disk with a single partition on it. You have to break the hard disk down into partitions and install the Windows Vista and XP one by one. You can easily create partitions using the partition software like "Partition Magic".
Since at this point I do not know which option you would like to pursue from (1) and (2) therefore I cannot guide you any further and wish you
Good Luck!

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