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Dual boot Vista 64 and XP

  1. #1

    Join Date : Aug 2008
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    Ultimate x64
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    Dual boot Vista 64 and XP

    HI, can anyone tell me the best way to dual boot XP and Vista 64?
    Can't run so many games so have decided to try dual boot.

    Current OS is Vista 64 Ultimate


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  2. #2

    Join Date : Jan 2009
    Cambridge, UK
    Posts : 34
    Windows Vista Ultimate x64 & Windows 7 Ultimate x64 RTM
    Local Time: 21:23
    uk uk cambridgeshire


    Re: Dual boot Vista 64 and XP

    Well, your best bet really is to uninstall vista then partition your drive, so you have two partitions. install xp on one and completely finish installing xp with all the latest drivers and updates, then with the other partition you can install vista and do the same with updates and drivers.

    Its best to do it this way as vista will take the boot manager, just remeber to wait for the boot loader screen to pop up when booting up, so you can chosses what installation you wish to use.

    The main reason for this is because xp is older, its alway best practice, with dual booting, to put the latest os on top of the old one, you can do this vise-versa, but it may bugger up your installation's.

    Once you have installed all, google BCDedit, download that and install, as this will tell the computer you two os's and then you can choose between them, with out it, the pc will just boot into vista all the time and uignore xp.

    Hope this helps

    Edit: install BCDedit under vista, little tip aswell, when you install bcdedit under vista, download the tweaker and install that, that way, if you ever forget to choose xp and it boots into vista, you can then choose xp from the menu that will be installed next to your clock, this will allow you to choose xp and it the pc will restart into xp and you wont have to wait for the bootloader screen as it will automaticallly choose xp as it boots. I do believe doing all what i said under xp (install bcdedit under xp and install the tweaker again, this way you can chop and change between with ease.

    If this helps, please tip those little ol' scales.

    Last edited by luckystar; 12 Jun 2009 at 03:28.
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  3. #3

    Join Date : Sep 2008
    Miami, Florida. USA
    Posts : 1,234
    Vista x64 + Windows 7 x64 (Ultimate)
    Local Time: 16:23
    usa us florida


    Re: Dual boot Vista 64 and XP

    Don't want to throw Luckystar under the bus but, This "How To" can not be easier. I know... that's how I did it!

    This is the way to do it if you have XP already installed.

    How to dual-boot Vista with XP (with XP installed first) - step-by-step guide with screenshots

    Now, this is the way to do it if you Vista is already installed.

    How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

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