Solved vista sp2 inOS XP

May 12, 2016 at 11:38:05
Specs: Xp , 1.30 GH
Have a passport external drive with files that were recovered a backup program halts any further action without Vista Sp2. Can I install Vista Sp2 on to XP?

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#1
May 12, 2016 at 12:54:42
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Your post is a bit confusing. The only way you can install an operating system (such as Vista) onto another operating system (such as XP) is to use a Virtual Machine. Most likely the XP hardware would not be up to it and a Virtual Machine would not put you in a position to restore XP if that is what you intend.

You can dual boot to two different operating systems but again it is a matter of whether the hardware is suitable and I can't see where this would get you either.

If you mean you want to replace XP with Vista then again the hardware is unlikely to be suitable. In any event it would not authenticate with MS if it was saved from different hardware.

Let us know exactly what you have got and what are trying to do, although if I have read you correctly you are trying to do the impossible.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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#2
May 12, 2016 at 19:41:31
Whether you can add vista or replace XP with it depends on the specs of the computer you're talking about--minimum hardware requirements for vista and driver support.

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May 13, 2016 at 15:46:02
Thank you Derek and DAVEINCAPS for your replies and sorry for the confusion but you both missed the point. The passport HDD which has recovered data on it is for my XP OS but passport says " the OS on this computer does not meet the minimum requirements for WD backup. Windows Vista SP2 or later is required". Therefore my question was whether I could install Vista SP2 or 3 into XP and have use of Passport backup to restore my data? I realize to have two different OS I would need to either have two partitions for each OS or a HDD for each OS and multi-boot.
Thanks again

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#4
May 13, 2016 at 16:16:27
That's exactly what I thought you were asking. It is not possible to install an operating system (Vista) into an operating system (XP) unless you use a virtual machine. Even then you would normally put an older system onto a newer one to avoid hardware limitations. The situation is as already described in #1.

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