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Ok guys i have a slight query into my installation of Vista Premium.

At the moment i have XP on a 60gb partition and 20gb free for another OS.
I want to keep my XP partition as im pretty sure wireless drivers are unavailable for my USB adapter.

I believe you can insert the DVD and do an install from XP to install on another partition, is this correct?

Also how long does a Vista install take?

Will i have to do anything afterwards so as that my XP is the first boot etc?

Anything i should know before i do this tonight?

Thanks, Ace
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20GB partition is a bit to small for vista, won't leave much room for anything.

If you still want to do it. Install Vista on that other partition, vista will automatically take control and be the default OS. You get to select what you want to boot into each time the computer starts.

If you want to change the names of the OS, the time it waits for you to select a OS, or the default OS... The easiest way is to download and install VistaBootPro. (install it in vista) Its a pretty easy tool.

Note that vista uses about 15GB with no programs. (I'm not sure how much this varys, I use ultimate.)
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post #3 of 12
1 yes that is correct
2 it took me about 30 mins to install RC2.
3 when you boot up it will take you to a booty loader screen where you can choose the os you want to use.
EDIT: @ murlocke when i had RC2 it took up only 9GB i dont know if they added any more in RTM and retail though
post #4 of 12
Your best bet would be to use a shared documents folder for both operating systems, and only use the Vista partition for Vista and as few applications as possible. Everything everyone has said so far is correct, btw. Vista takes about as long to install as XP does, give or take, and you will have to install updates after it has finnished.
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So i HAVE to install updates?
Cant i just have a look around like XP or is it compulsary?
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So i HAVE to install updates?
Cant i just have a look around like XP or is it compulsary?
You don't have to install the updates, but I don't see why you wouldn't. Vista has around 8 updates last time I checked. Takes only 2 minutes and a restart, and fixes numerous problems.
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post #7 of 12
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ok thanks for the info, just found drivers for:

Wireless Adapter
Sound Card - Audigy
Joystick - Saitek Wireless Cyborg.

Hopefully that is all i need to get me up and running, plus i have the nVidia drivers for vista aswell.

Lets hope it goes well while im doin some revision.

Has anyone heard of the installation im going to udnertake destroy the other partition?
I have backed up most of my important files.
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Originally Posted by Ace of Spades View Post
ok thanks for the info, just found drivers for:

Wireless Adapter
Sound Card - Audigy
Joystick - Saitek Wireless Cyborg.

Hopefully that is all i need to get me up and running, plus i have the nVidia drivers for vista aswell.

Lets hope it goes well while im doin some revision.

Has anyone heard of the installation im going to udnertake destroy the other partition?
I have backed up most of my important files.
As far as I know, if you install it under a different partition, you could reformat vista and reinstall it as many times as you want, and your XP installation will be left alone. So you should be fine.
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Sweeties

I just dont wanna have to backup absolutley everything before i make the transition
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post #10 of 12
thats correct murlocke as long as you dont toch the xp patition when installing vista or vice versa they will be fine
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