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ok so i have WindowsXP installed on my raptor, and bought vista ultimate a few days ago with plans to upgrade to x64, but for reasons unknown to me i have the hardest time giving up on XP.. i'd thought of partitioning and dual booting off my raptor but as of right now spending the time to do that is not really worth vista. long story short, i love my xp and plan on sticking to it for a while longer, but have my vista discs and an empty 320g hdd and am going to set up a dual boot with xp on my raptor and vista on the 320 that way i dont have to deal with partitioning and what have you, before i start though i wanna know if this will be as easy as i think it will.. leave xp intact. install vista fresh on other hdd. edit bootloader in vista. done? or is there more?
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Pretty simple, if you have space available on your hd, put Vista dvd in, restart and follow along. DO NOT format or modify the xp partition.

I never had to modify my bootloader. Vista will recognize xp as "earlier version or windows" and give you the option of which os you would like to boot into. If you don't pay attention or wait for a while, it defaults to Vista.

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It's easy peasy, you won't have to edit anything.
I dual boot XP and Vista and have no issues.
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cool thanks for verifying. i guess it is as easy as i thought. ive dual booted in the past and its been fine, i guess i assumed things would be different on vista..
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