How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP
This will show you how to install Windows Vista and XP to dual boot with when you already have either Windows Vista or XP installed first.
With a dual boot installaton, you will have two operating systems (OS) installed. When you start the computer, you will have the choice to choose which OS you would like to start up to. This method is the easiest way of doing a dual boot with these two operating systems.
Windows XP Minimum Hardware Requirements: NOTE: For more information on this, see: System requirements for Windows XP operating systems
Windows Vista Minimum Hardware Requirements: NOTE: For more information, see
- PC with 300 megahertz (MHz) or higher processor clock speed recommended; 233-MHz minimum required;* Intel Pentium/Celeron family, AMD K6/Athlon/Duron family, or compatible processor recommended
- 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM or higher recommended (64 MB minimum supported; may limit performance and some features)
- 1.5 gigabyte (GB) of available hard disk space.*
- Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor
- CD-ROM or DVD drive
- Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device
: Microsoft Windows Vista: Recommended System Requirements Vista Home Basic
Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate
- Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
- System Memory (RAM): 512MB
- Hard Drive: 20GB with 15GB available for Vista
- Video Card: 32MB Memory and DirectX 9 Support
- DVD-ROM Drive
- Processor: 1GHz (32 or 64 bit)
- System Memory (RAM): 1GB
- Hard Drive: 40GB with 15GB available for Vista
- Video Card: 128MB Memory, DirectX 9 Support with: WDDM Driver, Pixel Shader 2.0, 32bits per pixel
- DVD-ROM Drive
EXAMPLE: Windows Boot Manager
NOTE: This is the boot screen where you select what operating system that you would like to start. By default, you have 30 seconds to choose another operating system before the default operating system will start automatically.
When XP is Installed First
1. To Create a New Partition from the XP Hard Disk Drive 2. To Use a Separate Hard Disk Drive than the XP Drive
A) With your Windows Vista installation disc boot into the Command Prompt
from the System Recovery Options
screen. NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in the BIOS.
B) In the command prompt, select and shrink the XP volume
by how many MB (1024 MB = 1 GB) you want to have for this Windows Vista partition. (See screenshot below) NOTE: You would do steps 2 to 9 in METHOD TWO at that link. Windows Vista Home Basic will need a minimum of 20 GB (20480 MB), and Vista Home Premium, Business, and Ultimate will need a minimum of 40GB (40960 MB)
C) Click on the X at the top right corner to close the command prompt. (See screenshot above)
D) Click on the X at the top right corner to close System Recovery Options. (See screenshot below)
E) Go to step 3.
A) Boot from your Vista installation disc.3.
NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in the BIOS.
Click on the Install now
button. (See screenshot below) 4.
When you get to this point, select the partition (step 1) or hard drive to install Windows Vista on. (See screenshot below) 5.
Finish installing your Upgrade Windows Vista
or Full Windows Vista
version. NOTE: You would do the STEP TWO section at either link to finish installing Windows Vista
When finished, restart the computer to have the option to boot from XP (Earlier Verision of Windows) or Windows Vista. (See screenshot below)
When Windows Vista is Installed First
1. To Create a New Partition from the Vista Hard Disk Drive NOTE: If you want to install XP on a separate hard drive instead, then skip this step and go to step 2That's it,
A) In Windows Vista, select and shrink the Windows Vista volume
in Disk Management by how many MB (1024 MB = 1 GB) you want to have for this XP partition. (See screenshots below) NOTE: You would do all of STEP ONE and STEP TWO at that link
Insert your XP installation disc, then restart the computer and press any key to boot from it when prompted. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in the BIOS. 3.
From XP Setup, Press Enter
. (See screenshot below) 4.
. (See screenshot below) NOTE: On some multimedia keyboards, you may need to press the F-Lock or Function key before pressing F8
Select the new XP partition that you have just created in step 1 using the arrow keys and press Enter. 6.
Finish installing XP. 7.
In XP, download and install .Net Framework 2.0
(for 32-bit (x86) XP) or .Net Framework 2.0
(for 64-bit XP) and EasyBCD
. NOTE: Net Framework is required to run the free program EasyBCD
Run EasyBCD. NOTE: This is required to repair the Windows Vista boot file and add XP to the Windows Boot Manager list
On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Add New Entry
button. (See screenshot below)
A) In the top section under Operating Systems, click on the Windows tab. (See screenshot below)
B) To the right of Type, select Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3 from the drop down menu. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: Be sure to leave the Automatically detect correct drive box checked.
C) To the right of Name, you can leave the default Microsoft Windows XP as the name to be displayed in the Windows Boot Manager, or you can type whatever name you would like to have instead. (See screenshot below)
D) Click on the Add Entry button. (See screenshot below)10.
On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Bootloader Setup
button, select (dot) the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR
option, and click on the Write MBR
button. (See screenshot below) 11.
Close EasyBCD. 12.
Restart the computer to have the option to boot from XP or Windows Vista. (See screenshot below)