> I just got a new laptop that has Vista Home Basic preinstalled on it.
> I found that many of my apps are not working properly on Vista. So,
> I'd like to install XP Pro and have it be my default O/S. Will by
> doing so wipe out my Vista?
> Thanks for any help,
The older OS should be installed first; otherwise, you'll have
trouble creating a dual-boot scenario without using 3rd-party products.
However, dual-booting is no longer necessary in most situations.
Why not download a Virtual Machine application, such as Microsoft's
VirtualPC 2007 (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/search.asp?
Innotek's VirtualBox (http://www.virtualbox.org/
) and run WinXP and your
legacy applications within a virtual computer. Both are free and work
with Vista. (Microsoft does not support the use of VirtualPC 2007 on
Vista Home editions, but several people have reported that it works just
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