dual boot vista & win 95

April 23, 2011 at 14:34:44
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, T6400 Dual Core
Also, can this be done on an external drive?

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April 23, 2011 at 14:41:18
There's been a flurry of "running older/dual OS's on a new machine" posts lately. Generally your best bet (assuming you have the "horsepower") is to run the older OS under some type of virtual machine (comparison links below). This avoids conflicts and potential destruction of the original (newer) OS. Realize though that unless you have fairly generic devices, or they can be emulated by the VM, then driver-support for the older OS would also be virtually non-existent; so don't expect video/sound/modem/etc. to work quite as well as in your "newer" OS.


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April 23, 2011 at 15:08:55
Dual booting Vista and Windows 95 is going to be difficult. On a laptop change that to virtually impossible. The problem is driver availability. The Windows 95 CD won't have drivers that didn't exist until years in the future. Most hardware manufacturers feel that providing drivers for Old operating systems is simply a waste of valuable resources.

Using a virtual machine is a much easier approach. The nice thing here is that it doesn't matter what hardware your computer has, the client OS will see only the emulated hardware which was chosen for best compatibility.

Microsoft does not support installing any version of Windows unto an external drive. They will in fact tell you that it can't be done. Unless you are an expert this is best avoided.

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