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post #1 of 21
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OK so i have Vista installed on my main HDD but i want to Dual Boot with XP on my 80GB because some of my software won't work on Vista

So how do i format my 80GB HDD to run XP and then choose XP on start up, so i can go into XP rather than Vista.

Thanks Iced.
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post #2 of 21
Install XP.
Load up XP, "get" PartitionMagic 8.
Resize XP partition to 40GB.
Restart, it'll resize the partition to 40GB and you'll have 40GB free.
Put the Vista CD in, restart.
Install as you would XP, but chose the empty 40GB unformatted partition for Vista.

Then when it gets all installed, when you start your rig it'll as for XP or Vista and you just chose what you want.

That's how I do (did) it. Simplest way IMO.
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post #3 of 21
If you cant "get" PartitionMagic 8, you can insert xp cd and start the instalation. Then xp will ask where you whant to install it. There you can create 2 partitions and install xp on one of them and vista on the other.
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post #4 of 21
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Is it the same principle for using 2 hdd's?

I don't want to partition anything, i want it like this:

320GB HDD - Vista

80GB HDD - XP

If that is possible

Thanks so far, rep +
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post #5 of 21
If you installed Vista after XP, it would automatically do it for you.

If you install XP on the second drive it will probably try to rewrite the master boot record and most likely fail.

If you have Vista installed you could try installing XP on second drive then booting up from Vista DVD and go in to the recovery console (if it has one) and fix the MBR, in XP you typed fixboot and fixmbr. And that should detect XP as well.

Or

You can boot from the XP CD and chose the recovery console, type Fixboot then fixmbr. Boot in to XP and go in to the boot.ini and add the Vista partition.
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If you installed Vista after XP, it would automatically do it for you.

If you install XP on the second drive it will probably try to rewrite the master boot record and most likely fail.

If you have Vista installed you could try installing XP on second drive then booting up from Vista DVD and go in to the recovery console (if it has one) and fix the MBR, in XP you typed fixboot and fixmbr. And that should detect XP as well.

Or

You can boot from the XP CD and chose the recovery console, type Fixboot then fixmbr. Boot in to XP and go in to the boot.ini and add the Vista partition.
Ahhh sounds like alot of messing about then, because i already have Vista installed.

Don't really want to do a full re-install, will take me ages.

Thanks for your time all.
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post #7 of 21
http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp

Just skip the partition stuff, and have it install to the other hard drive instead.
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Thanks for that Kloro. Will give it a try later
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Not a thread-jacking...

So, what if the user did something like this:

1 - HDD for XP and Vista
2 - HDD's for storage?

I list a total of 3 HDD's as they all might only be 150GB Raptors, and 150GB's can be used up fairly quickly...

What are peoples thoughts on having the 2 storage drives split between XP-related games/files and the other for Vista games/files?

Would it make a difference?

okay....maybe a mild "jacking"... but it is related.

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I don't mind, my question has been answered

Bump for anyone with a solution to Syrillians problem.
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