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Hey Guys,

I have a question about Dual-Booting or using Microsoft Virtual PC:

Has anyone ever installed Vista on one partition, XP on another partition and then installed games and software on a third partition?


In the past when I only had XP Pro, I installed the OS on one partition (C and then installed programs on a second partition (D so that if I had to reformat the OS partition, all of the program data was still on the D: partition.

Now after reformatting the C: drive, I would need to reinstall the program on the D: Drive, but all of the saved data was already there, and the installation just installed all of the executable files, etc. on top of the original install.

Does that make sense?

So, I was thinking that I could have Vista on C: XP on D: and programs for both on E:

I am assuming that when I install a program through Vista or XP, that the exact same files are installed in the "Program files" directory. In my case, the program files directory is on a third partition.

Anyways, I think that it should work.

My goal is that when I play a game on XP one day then on Vista the next, that I pick up from where I left off.

I guess I may need to test out my theory to see if it works........Unless of course someone else out there has already done exactly that.


Has anyone, or do I need to be the PIONEER??????

Thanks Guys!!!!!!!
    
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for a lot of games they save in the My Documents folder on xp, i would suggest changing your documents folder directory to that of the vista documents directory. Don't know the vista directory by heart im afraid, you'll have to google it.
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So I guess no one else has tried this approach.......hmmm...I guess it is time for me to be a pioneer......or guinea pig.....
    
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Has anyone ever installed Vista on one partition, XP on another partition and then installed games and software on a third partition?
This is exactly what I've done in the past with Windows ME & Windows XP
Just install to the same folder for both OS versions. Installed files will be the same (most of the time) except the registries.

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So, I was thinking that I could have Vista on C: XP on D: and programs for both on E:
Actually XP is also on C since one OS will be hidden. Furthermore, you should install XP first then Vista
    
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