Running Vista Home Premium 64 & XP

February 2, 2009 at 15:20:31
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.994 GHz / 767 MB
I just purchased a Dell Studio XPS (Intel Core i7 940, 8Gb DDR3 trichannel, with Vista Home Premium 64Bit, 2x640Gb 7200rpm HDs. I currently own a Dell Dimension 8200 with a 1.9GHz Pentium 4, XP Home and 767MB RAM and 40Gb HD.

I imagine I will be able to install my current XP OS in my new Vista machine? If yes, I am glad. But from here on I am lost... how would I go about doing so? I still have the original, 8yr-old, XP installation disc (and used it once to reinstall it in the old machine) but do not know how to go about telling the computer to install XP in an specific drive while it leaves Vista on the other drive alone... please help. If it is not too much to ask, a step by step instruction (or a link) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance to all.


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#1
February 2, 2009 at 18:29:09
"I imagine I will be able to install my current XP OS"

Well, maybe. OEM disks may or may not work in a newer machine. For the most part your new machine is so new it might require a bit of work just to get it up.. And you do risk borking the Vista install.


If all you want is some features of the old machine then consider a virtual machine to run either an image of the old machine or a clean install from retail xp versions (oem may work). Vmware makes a way to produce a virtual machine of the xp box. Be sure to run NTBACKUP first if you can.

There are a few good virtual machines that would run the xp as fast as your new machine. See Virtual PC and VirtualBox and Vmplayer. All free for personal use. Very easy. They are programs kind of like photoshop or ms works. But they don't do office stuff. They are a software version of a real computer. They run at the same time as Vista. The partition they use is just a file on your vista machine. You can install quite a number of virtual machines in many OS's. (just not mac os yet cause they suck, my personal opinion)

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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#2
February 3, 2009 at 00:30:10
Thank you jefro.

It is something I am interested in doing since I read people have up to three OS (Vista, XP and Win7 beta) running in different partitions. I have briefly tried Vista before and did not really like it. I would prefer extending the life of my XP until win 7 is launched.

However, I think my experstise with OS installations (only 1 re-install of XP in the past, which was successful) is not enough to try this without help or guidance.


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#3
February 3, 2009 at 15:13:17
I really think VirtualBox or Virtual PC is the better way to go. It is almost fool proof. Even I could install 50 or more OS's and have then either running or able to run in a 5 seconds or so while still being online with Vista.

There are only a few issues with Virtual macnines. If you play games they will not support higher video.


If you insist then there must be 100 or more web pages on dual boot and how to install multiple operating systems.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10


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