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Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

  1. #1


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    Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

    I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 os's on the same computer. There are a bunch of programs that I want to use in xp that aren't yet vista compatible, and I don't feel like waiting another 6 months for them to work. But I also like using vista for other things too, and I realize it will be the norm one day so I don't want to get rid of it. So is it possible to have 2 operating systems like vista and xp on one computer? If you could point me to a good resource that would be great.

    Thankyou.

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  2. #2


    Funprice Guest

    Re: Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

    On Tue, 27 Feb 2007 13:04:40 -0600, idontknowtech
    <idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net> wrote:

    >
    >I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 os's on the same computer.
    >There are a bunch of programs that I want to use in xp that aren't yet
    >vista compatible, and I don't feel like waiting another 6 months for
    >them to work. But I also like using vista for other things too, and I
    >realize it will be the norm one day so I don't want to get rid of it.
    >So is it possible to have 2 operating systems like vista and xp on one
    >computer? If you could point me to a good resource that would be
    >great.


    This is a very often discussed topic. Search with Google on: 'dual
    boot xp vista' if you please.

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  3. #3


    Puppy Breath Guest

    Re: Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

    Yes, it's called dual boot. If you search this newsgroup or Microsoft's web
    site for "Vista dual boot" you should find plenty of resrouces.


    "idontknowtech" <idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    news:idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net...
    >
    > I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 os's on the same computer.
    > There are a bunch of programs that I want to use in xp that aren't yet
    > vista compatible, and I don't feel like waiting another 6 months for
    > them to work. But I also like using vista for other things too, and I
    > realize it will be the norm one day so I don't want to get rid of it.
    > So is it possible to have 2 operating systems like vista and xp on one
    > computer? If you could point me to a good resource that would be
    > great.
    >
    > Thankyou.
    >
    >
    > --
    > idontknowtech




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    Mark Rae Guest

    Re: Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

    "idontknowtech" <idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    news:idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net...

    > I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 os's on the same computer.
    > There are a bunch of programs that I want to use in xp that aren't yet
    > vista compatible, and I don't feel like waiting another 6 months for
    > them to work. But I also like using vista for other things too, and I
    > realize it will be the norm one day so I don't want to get rid of it.
    > So is it possible to have 2 operating systems like vista and xp on one
    > computer? If you could point me to a good resource that would be
    > great.


    Two options:

    1) Partition your existing hard disk or add an additional hard disk, install
    XP on one partition / volume, and then Vista on the other - you can't have
    both running at the same time, though...

    2) Install Vista, download and install Virtual PC 2007 (it's free), and
    create a WinXP guest - both can run at the same time...

    Both scenarios are, of course, subject to licensing...



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  5. #5


    Max Guest

    Re: Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

    Yes. Dual-booting.
    Search this newsgroup and Google. It's been covered a gazillion times.

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    "idontknowtech" <idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
    news:idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net...
    >
    > I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 os's on the same computer.
    > There are a bunch of programs that I want to use in xp that aren't yet
    > vista compatible, and I don't feel like waiting another 6 months for
    > them to work. But I also like using vista for other things too, and I
    > realize it will be the norm one day so I don't want to get rid of it.
    > So is it possible to have 2 operating systems like vista and xp on one
    > computer? If you could point me to a good resource that would be
    > great.
    >
    > Thankyou.
    >
    >
    > --
    > idontknowtech



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  6. #6


    norm Guest

    Re: Is it possible to have Vista and XP on same machine?

    idontknowtech wrote:
    > I was wondering if it was possible to have 2 os's on the same computer.
    > There are a bunch of programs that I want to use in xp that aren't yet
    > vista compatible, and I don't feel like waiting another 6 months for
    > them to work. But I also like using vista for other things too, and I
    > realize it will be the norm one day so I don't want to get rid of it.
    > So is it possible to have 2 operating systems like vista and xp on one
    > computer? If you could point me to a good resource that would be
    > great.
    >
    > Thankyou.
    >
    >

    This may be what you are looking for as taken from:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529
    Creating a multi-boot configuration that includes Windows Vista

    To create a working multi-boot configuration, install the oldest version
    of the Windows operating system first. Then, install each newer version
    in order. Every new Windows version preserves backward compatibility for
    starting earlier Windows versions.

    To create a multi-boot configuration that includes Windows Vista, you
    must have at least one partition for each earlier Windows version that
    you install. Follow these general guidelines:
    Create at least two partitions. Use one partition for the Windows
    Vista installation.

    Note If the partition for Windows Vista is already formatted, make sure
    that it is formatted by using the NTFS file system. However, we
    recommend that you use one of the following methods:
    Create the second unformatted partition.
    Do not create the second partition and leave the space as free space.
    Instead, create the second partition during the Windows Vista installation.
    If the computer does not have an operating system installed, install
    the oldest Windows version first.

    Note Install Windows XP before you install Windows Server 2003.
    Run the Windows Vista Setup program. Install Windows Vista in the free
    space or in the existing partition. You can run this Setup program in
    the earlier Windows version, or you can start the computer when the
    Windows Vista disc is in the CD or DVD drive.
    After Windows Vista Setup finishes, you will have a
    correctly-configured, multi-boot environment that includes Windows Vista
    and the earlier versions of Windows. The Bootmgr boot menu that appears
    resembles the following menu:

    Please be aware of the usual licensing considerations and also that xp
    will mess with the vista restore points. Here is an article that deals
    with the cause and workarounds for the restore point issue:
    http://vistasupport.mvps.org/prevent...windows_xp.htm

    --
    norm

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