Advice needed before I install VistaRC1

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Jack, Oct 2, 2006.

  1. Jack

    Jack Guest

    My computer's current topography is:
    drive c: WindowsXP Pro FAT32 (default boot)
    drive d: Windows98SE FAT32

    How should I install Vista without loosing current topography?
    Your thoughts appreciated,
    Jack, Oct 2, 2006
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  2. Jack

    Bill Frisbee Guest


    Are you going to upgrade Windows XP? Delete Windows98?
    Add another hard drive?

    I would recommend very much using Vista with NTFS so that you can get OOTB
    support for larger disks, you can use some of the new and enhanced security
    features in Vista and the fact that NTFS is a lot more robust with handling
    disk errors.

    Your best bet if you don't want to impact your other OS installations is to
    get another hard drive and install Vista on it.

    Bill F.
    Bill Frisbee, Oct 3, 2006
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  3. Jack

    pvdg42 Guest

    AFAIK, Vista will not install on a partition that is not NTFS.
    pvdg42, Oct 3, 2006
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    Bill Frisbee Guest

    Bill Frisbee, Oct 3, 2006
  5. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Thank you all.
    For some reason I do not like NTSF. I know all advantages of using it but
    that does not convince me to use it.
    NTSF does not allow user to access harddrive (files) at the command prompt
    at boot up time.
    Besides I need all OS on my computer. I am software programmer and I need to
    test my code in different environments.
    So I need to keep and WinXP and Win98SE.
    My existing c:\ and d:\ drives are just partitions.
    I think to add the second drive and install Vista on it.
    Jack, Oct 3, 2006
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    pvdg42 Guest

    pvdg42, Oct 3, 2006
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    Theo Guest

    The Vista DVDs I have will not give you the
    option of installing Vista on a FAT or FAT32
    partition. The table you refer to only states
    that you can read FAT & FAT32 from a Vista
    installation. It doesn't say you can install
    Vista to a FAT or FAT32 partition.
    Theo, Oct 3, 2006
  8. Jack

    Bill Frisbee Guest


    You can upgrade an existing version of Windows on FAT32 to Vista, per the
    link listed below.

    Bill F.
    Bill Frisbee, Oct 4, 2006
  9. Jack

    Jack Guest

    Vista can be installed ONLY on NTSF partition.
    Jack, Oct 15, 2006
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