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    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP
    How to Do a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP
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    28 Apr 2009
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    How to Setup a Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    information   Information
    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.
    Note   Note
    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.
    Tip   Tip
    To stop XP from deleting your Windows Vista System Restore Points everytime XP is started, then see System Restore Points - Stop XP Dual Boot Delete to hide Windows Vista from XP.
    warning   Warning
    Windows XP Minimum Hardware Requirements:
    NOTE: For more information on this, see: System requirements for Windows XP operating systems
    • 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
    Windows Vista Minimum Hardware Requirements:
    NOTE: For more information, see: Microsoft Windows Vista: Recommended System Requirements


    Vista Home Basic
    • 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
    Vista Home Premium, Business, or Ultimate
    • 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.
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    METHOD ONE

    When XP is Installed First

    1. To Create a New Partition from the XP Hard Disk 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).
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-xp-vista-1.jpg
    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)
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    E) Go to step 3.
    2. To Use a Separate Hard Disk Drive than the XP Drive
    A) Boot from your Vista installation disc.
    NOTE: Make sure that the CD/DVD drive is selected first in the boot order in the BIOS.
    3. Click on the Install now button. (See screenshot below)
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-xp-vista-3.jpg
    4. When you get to this point, select the partition (step 1) or hard drive to install Windows Vista on. (See screenshot below)
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-xp-vista-4.jpg
    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.

    6. When finished, restart the computer to have the option to boot from XP (Earlier Verision of Windows) or Windows Vista. (See screenshot below)
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-xp-example.jpg







    METHOD TWO

    When Windows Vista is Installed First
    Note   Note


    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 2.
    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.
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-vista-xp-1.jpg

    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-vista-xp-2.jpg

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    2. 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.
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-step1.jpg
    3. From XP Setup, Press Enter. (See screenshot below)
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-vista-xp-4.jpg
    4. Press F8. (See screenshot below)
    NOTE: On some multimedia keyboards, you may need to press the F-Lock or Function key before pressing F8.
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-vista-xp-5.jpg
    5. Select the new XP partition that you have just created in step 1 using the arrow keys and press Enter.
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-vista-xp-6.jpg
    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.

    8. Run EasyBCD.
    NOTE: This is required to repair the Windows Vista boot file and add XP to the Windows Boot Manager list.

    9. 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)
    Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP-w7-xp-7.jpg
    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)
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    11. Close EasyBCD.

    12. Restart the computer to have the option to boot from XP or Windows Vista. (See screenshot below)
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    That's it,
    Shawn





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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Great work and efforts Shawn, just wanted to update you about VistaBootPRO - Windows Vista BCDEdit Dual Boot XP and Windows 7 as it also provides a function to replace the custom boot loader and vice-versa.
    Also, you forgot to add poll for this tutorial.

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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Hello Kavita,

    Thank you for the additional program to choose from.

    I'm moving away from the polls. I prefer to have people post what problems they had with a tutorial instead to make it easier to update the tutorial for it.

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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Great job !!!

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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Hello Shawn,

    Nice work and this forum is really very helpful. I was successfully able to create the Dual Partition of Vista and XP after following the steps mentioned above. Though goofed up somewhere... but coz of my mistake.
    Also this forums has helped me a lot to improve my Vista performance from worst to better now hoping to make it best
    Thanks a lot..........

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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    You're most welcome Phantomas and Nikhil2020in, and welcome to Vista Forums.

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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Hopefully someone can help me. I currently have a dual boot system with xp on one hard drive and vista on another. XP was installed first. I want to get rid of the dual boot any only use Vista. How can I safely remove XP, erase the hard drive it is on so I can use it for storage?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Hello Vash79, and welcome to Vista Forums.

    You could boot from the Vista installation DVD and delete and format the XP drive under step 4 in METHOD ONE above. Afterwards, you will just need to run a startup repair to repair the boot file for Vista.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

    Awesome, that seems simple enough. Now what if I wanted to replace the XP drive with Windows 7? Could I just insert the Windows 7 disc and format and install over the drive with XP and automatcially have a dual boot still with Vista?

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