Vista 64 / XP dual boot question

Dell / Precision t7400
February 18, 2009 at 19:47:09
Specs: XP Pro, Dual Quad
I have a workstation with dual quad cores (2.5 GHz each). My current OS is XP Pro. Someone just told me that they have an extra copy (legal) of Vista 64 bit that I can have. I was thinking of doing a dual boot, because I want to be able to stay with XP if Vista doesn't work out, and I don't want to do a clean install at this point because it took me three days to do the new install for my new system.

I am not much of a geek and all the details are a bit daunting. Can anyone tell me if the dual boot is a good thing, especially for After Effects CS3 and the rest of the CS3 Production Premium? Are there any things I need to be concerned about?

I am excited about the possibilities of more RAM for AE, but have heard so many conflicting reports about whether AE can use more than 4 GB, problems with drivers, etc. Any wisdom would be GREATLY appreciated.


Dell Precision T7400
Dual Quad Core
Nvidia Quadro FX 570
SATA drives

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February 18, 2009 at 20:13:14
If you have a spare hdd, you could install Vista on a trial basis.
To keep it from overwrighting the XP bootloader for a dual boot, disconnect the XP boot drive until Vista is fully installed.
Do NOT enter the serial key at instalation, do not activate Vista you have 30 days to play with it. At which time if all is fine and you want to keep using it enter serial number and activate, otherwise you still have it to use later.
This will involve changing drive order in bios for the OS you want to use, but if you are not happy with the way Vista works for you, simply format the drive from XP and no harm done.
If all is fine in Vistaland you can choose to dual boot by using a free download EasyBCD to create a startup menu to choose from.
I can't help with your programs, Google for your programs there may be a forum for them.

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