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

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#1
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.

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#2
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
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
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>
> 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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> idontknowtech
 

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"idontknowtech" <idontknowtech.2mogzl@no-mx.forums.net> wrote in message
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> 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
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
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>
> 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
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/preven...ng_lost_when_dual_booting_with_windows_xp.htm

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