ANother dual boot question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Vic Baron, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. Vic Baron

    Vic Baron Guest

    Been reading everything I can on dual booting XPPro & Vista and must say
    that I am thoroughly confused.

    Basically, this is the situation - I am constructing a new system. I have
    XPPro and Vista Home Premium - both OEM versions.

    I want to set it up this way

    1 - 320G SATA HD - 3 partitions - 80G XP Pro - 80G Vista - 160G Programs

    2 - 74G SATA Raptors in RAID 0 for gaming and graphics

    1 - 500G SATA hd as backup

    1 - SATA DVD Burner

    Considering that I have the OEM versions( purchased legitimately) that look
    for a blank disk will that cause me problems after I have installed one OS?

    Would it be possible to set up the dual boot so the current system drive is
    always "C" and program drive is "D", if so, how?

    What would be the best procedure to follow for dual boot installation -XP
    first or Vista?

    Since programs will be installed on the 3rd partition, how can I install
    them so that each OS sees them correctly?


    Vic Baron
    Vic Baron, Aug 7, 2007
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  2. Vic Baron

    John Barnes Guest

    Blank partition, not disk. No problem
    Make your XP (make active) and Vista drives primary partition and the
    Programs drive a logical drive within an extended partition. Easiest way is
    install XP first (which you should do anyway) then Vista. Make sure your
    320G sata drive is first in boot priority when you do this, that way XP will
    be your system drive in both systems and you can then re-letter all your
    other drives as you want them, and both XP and Vista will be C.
    See above.
    They have to be installed from the system you are going to use them on, and
    if both systems, you need to install them to the same directory from both
    John Barnes, Aug 7, 2007
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  3. Vic Baron

    Vic Baron Guest

    Thank you John. That's what I needed to know!


    Vic Baron, Aug 7, 2007
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