few questions on xp - vista and hds

January 3, 2009 at 11:49:16
Specs: Windows XP mce 2005, 3 gb
hello computing.net,

i want to upgrade my computer. i am going to go from 3 gb to 4 gb--this is no problem.

i need advice on the following scenario.
i have now 2 hds a 160 and a 500gb. i am upgrading to a 500(same as above) and a 1 tb drive. presently the os i have is xpmce2005
that has been degrading in preformance since a repair was done with xpmce2005.
i want to have a dual boot -one with xp pro on the 500 gb drive and vista ultimate
on the 1tb drive.
also i have a 75/145 gb c drive on the 160gb drive, i would like to keep those if possible.
i have come up with some scenarios on my own but i have confidence i can do this but
i have some trepidation since this is my first attempt at a dual boot. if someone could be so kind a give an outline to preform this, i twould be appreciated.

thank you for your time,
craig

craig
cn60@hotmail.com


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#1
January 3, 2009 at 12:47:26
Install a program like Vista Boot Pro or Easy BCD to XP(search for them with google).
I currently use Vista Boot Pro and it works well-you can set it within XP to boot to your Vista drive. I currently have both operating systems installed on the same physical hard drive. There might be some issues if you try to do the dual boot with separate physical hard drives, though it should work. You might have to do some fiddling with the boot order in the bios.

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#2
January 3, 2009 at 13:40:02
kx5m2g

I hope you can clarify how you have XP/Vista installed. Some may think they are on the same partition. I hope that is not the case.


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#3
January 3, 2009 at 14:18:12
Just to clarify there is no need for bios boot order if using a boot manager like Vista Boot Pro or Easy BCD. This is because the programs are set to boot from the primary drive and have no issue booting a OS on a different disk.

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#4
January 3, 2009 at 14:28:34
Keep in mind also that XP won't utilize more than 3 Gig of RAM running on a 32-bit machine.

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#5
January 3, 2009 at 14:32:58
OtheHill: No, they are not on the same partition. The OP was going to put the operating systems on different physical drives, so that would not be an issue.
Wanderer: But I think that the first hard drive in the boot order should be the drive where XP is installed, though that may not be necessary.

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#6
January 3, 2009 at 16:08:32
thanks for the answers,

i guess it would be easier to put them on one drive. then make that drive the primary, with a choice between xp pro and vista ult.as the os. thanks for the advice on vista boot pro, i will give it a try.

the scenario i came up with is to:

1)remove the 500 gb drive- and
2)install the blank 1tb drive
3)install xp pro 150 gb(as new z:drive)
4)then exactly copy the 145gb/160gb c:drive
(with R-DriveImage) as new y:drive on the 1 tb drive
5)remove the 160gb drive
5)then install vista ultimate-100gb as w:drive (maybe smaller gbs) on the 1 tb drive
6)then install back the 500 gb drive as secondary drive which has partitions presently as k,d,e,q,aand p.

couple questions is: how to get my programs back without reinstalling all of them?
it does not seem like i can copy the program files folder back becasue of the registry issue.
i know a reinstallation of all programs is the best, but wow that is a lot of time.
also i know i will have to install them on vista-
those that work that is.

any suggestions welcome,

thanks again,

craig

p.s. othehill-- they are not on the same partition---

"i want to have a dual boot -one with xp pro on the 500 gb drive and vista ultimate
on the 1tb drive."

craig
cn60@hotmail.com


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#7
January 3, 2009 at 16:15:40
thanks for the heads up Jennifer SUMN,

xp only recognizing 3gb

that is one reason i am installing vista in the first place. i have been staying away from it because of all the bad publicity.

thanks again,

craig

craig
cn60@hotmail.com


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#8
January 3, 2009 at 17:48:23
Vista 32bit can only utilize 4GB of RAM. Which is the same for all 32bit OSes. You will never get the full use of 4GB though due to the OS reserving some plus more reserved for graphics. About the most you will ever see is about 3.5GB available. Will the price of RAM as cheap as it is there is no harm in installing 4GB.

In order to utilize more than 4GB you need to migrate to a 64bit OS. Both WinXP and Vista have 64bit versions. Vista 64bit will have better driver support.


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