"John Goche" <johngoche99@newsgroup> wrote in message
> I have an all-in-one which used to work fine
> under Windows XP but ever since I have
> upgraded to Windows Vista even though
> I have installed the drivers the device still
> does not work very well. So now I want
> to install Windows XP on the same
> hard drive on my Sony VAIO laptop.
> How can I proceed to do this?
> I would also like to have one
> or more linux distributions
> on the same hard drive so
> I want four operating systems
> altogether on my laptop which
> comes with a large 500GB
> harddrive which should make
> things easy to host all these
> operating systems.
> Any ideas on how to go about
> installing these four OSs?
> And will XP work on my new
> My all-in-one is a Lexmark X5470
> and I would like to keep using the
> scanner perhaps even under Linux.
> John Goche
Use the Linux Live CD to create a WinXP partition, a Vista Partition, and at
least 2 / partitions and a SWAP.
Don't remember if the LiveCD can do NTFS, but set the size of the Windows
partitions with FAT, then format them NTFS during the install.
Install XP first, then Vista.
Vista will create a boot menu for those two.
Then install Linux, GRUB will create a boot menu for the Linux distro and an
entry for the Windows Boot Menu.
Then install the last Linux, it may create the proper entries, or you may
need to edit the /boot/grub/menu.lst file.
Or, you may need to get familiar with the grub command line tool.
If you want to keep your current Vista, and install XP after Vista...GOOGLE
"dual boot Vista XP, Vista first".
Also, you may want to upgrade Vista to sp2 first, as having grub as the boot
manager will prevent xp2 from installing.
The best way is to have Windows on one HD, Linux on another, and use the
BIOS to control the HD to boot from.