Dual Boot Instructions for XP and Vista Dual Boot http://apcmag.com/5023/dual_booting_xp_with_vista
1) Drive letters flip if and when you install Vista from a restart. They
would not change if you run the Vista setup from XP which is easy to do and
then you will see a screen in Vista setup which allows you to choose the
drive you want to install Vista on. If you boot the Vista DVD and don't run
setup from XP you are going to have different drive letters on Vista and the
same drive letters if you go to the XP boot. http://www.winsupersite.com/images/r...install_13.jpg
2) You must install Vista onto an NTFS drive--it's not supported to install
it on a FAT drive--so you need to convert your FAT drive to NTFS and there
is an MSKB that shows you how as well as thousands of links on the web. get
the whole drive converted to NTFS would be my advice. There are also a
number of advantages to using an NTFS files system on a hard drive.
3) How many GB you need on either drive is up to you depending on how many
apps you plan to install but 32GB will work for Vista--if you have more room
I'd up that number to 40-50GB
4) I don't know what you are referencing when you say "quit Vista
installation." You can't quit any installation to achieve any advantage.
You need to finish the Vista installation as I said, and running the Vista
setup from the XP desktop will ensure you maintain your drive letters for
the dual boot--otherwise if you restart to run Vista setup you're going to
get different drive letters dictated by the BIOS.
5) The result will be that you'll get a screen that has the default
highlight of the item Vista and you will have the XP boot listed above it
(black and white menu). You should not need any boot loader manager like
Vista Boot Pro if you do this correctly. It goes without saying that the
older OS (XP) always must be installed first, or you're going to run into
problems and sometimes you can't fix them. http://www.theeldergeekvista.com/ima...al%20-0037.jpg
6) You can maintain your historical small partition if you like; just run
that Vista setup from the XP boot as I've said.
7) Best to shortcut from Vista desktop to XP desktop once you install the
dual boot, because if you boot to XP you will lose your Vista restore points
unless you encrypt them with Bit Locker(there are other methods to protect
the Vista restore points discussed on this and the general group) if you
have it on your Vista edition. (I rarely need to go to an XP boot on a dual
boot because you can access XP from the Vista desktop this way:
C: (or whatever drive)\Documents and Settings\Milhouse' Profile\Desktop and
if on XP you can go to Vista Desktop via this path:
Vista Drive\Users\Milhouse's Profile\Desktop
If you have any questions shoot.
I am a dual boot proponent because you always have your months or years of
accumulated docs, settings, shortcuts, files and folders from XP on the box.
Why waste time and energy transfering and copying when you don't need to and
you can drag the icon on the top left of the folder that shortcuts to either
and put it on the desktop and click it when you want to access the other
Best of luck.
"Milhouse Van Houten" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I've been reading bunches o' posts here in advance of moving to Vista
> soon, so I thought I'd post the highlights of my plan in case I've made
> some incorrect assumptions.
> One of the goals is not to have drive letters that flip depending on which
> OS I'm in.
> Before starting, I should mention that I have a bootable 1GB primary
> system partition (FAT/DOS)*, with the rest of the disk unformatted.
> 1) Boot Vista DVD and format two partitions: A) 32GB for Vista, followed
> by... B) 12GB for XP
> 2) Quit Vista installation and boot XP CD to install it on the 12GB
> (I think XP should put itself on an "E" drive, since the 12GB is the third
> partition, but I'm hazy on that. QUESTION: Will it actually be "D"?)
> 3) FROM XP, install Vista to 32GB partition, which should be referred to
> as the "D" drive.
> What I'm assuming the result will be:
> A) Vista's boot manager will have Vista and "Earlier version of
> Windows" -- the latter will pass me to XP's boot menu, which in turn
> allows me to boot XP or a command prompt.
> B) When in either Vista or XP, Vista will be D and XP will be E.
> *Historically I've always kept a small (512MB to 1GB) system partition (C)
> so that I can easily boot to a DOS command prompt (allowing me to run
> various utilities) and also so that OS system files can go there rather
> than commingling on the first boot partition. This makes the first boot
> partition more easily expendable.