Installing XP on a PC running Vista?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help' started by Jake D, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Jake D

    Jake D Guest

    I have a laptop with Vista pre-installed, but with no Vista
    installation discs. I'd like to install XP on the same machine - so
    that I can run either Vista or XP, depending on needs.

    I have an XP installation CD. Can I simply install XP on the machine
    without messing up the existing Vista operating system?

    Or will I need to format C and create two partitions - one for Vista
    and one for XP...

    Thank you,

    Jake D, Mar 5, 2009
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  2. Jake D

    Mark Guest

    Is it a new laptop? Usually when it is preloaded, there is a directory
    that has all of the software installed on the laptop so you can expand
    it to disks. Did you check for that?
    Mark, Mar 5, 2009
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  3. Jake D

    relic Guest

    XP won't install over Vista (it's a 'downgrade'), you need to format the
    disk first... BUT, make sure you can get XP drivers for the motherboard
    before you do anything; most vendors (like HP) don't make them available for
    their new laptops.
    relic, Mar 5, 2009
  4. Jake D

    Jake D Guest

    It's a reconditioned - or returned, and resold laptop. I can find a
    folder will all the programs on it, but I'm not familiar with the
    concept of expanding things to disks.

    Jake D, Mar 5, 2009
  5. Jake D

    Clogwog Guest

    - Dual boot Vista and XP, google for this one.
    - Remove Vista and install XP (see relics reply and warning)
    - Install XP in a virtual machine, so you can run XP while running Vista.
    I prefer this option (VMware workstation), no hassle with drivers.
    Assign at least 1 GB of ram to the XP client.
    Clogwog, Mar 5, 2009
  6. Jake D

    Jake D Guest

    Thank you for the help.

    Jake D, Mar 7, 2009
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