Vista and XP on the same computer?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by MaryL, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. MaryL

    MaryL Guest

    It's time to get a new computer. I'm currently using a Compaq T8000
    (purchased in Nov. 2002). Drive D became "toast" and can't be formatted,
    and Drive C is getting worse and worse.

    I have read various messages about Vista. Some love it, and some hate it.
    Is it possible to have *both* Vista and XP installed on the same CPU, and
    made my selection at bootup? If so, is there a downside (other than disk
    space) that I should consider?

    MaryL, Jan 5, 2008
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    Paul Knudsen Guest

    Sure. Get Partition Magic. There's probably other choices as well.
    None whatsoever. Well, perhaps the slight increase in boot-up time.
    Paul Knudsen, Jan 6, 2008
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  3. MaryL

    MaryL Guest

    Thanks very much. I was hoping that would be the answer.

    MaryL, Jan 6, 2008
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    Bill Guest

    It is indeed possible to dual boot with Vista/XP, but you don't need to
    spend money on Partition Magic. The setup routine on the Windows Vista
    installation disc (Windows XP disc as well) will permit partitioning of
    your hard drive.

    Install Windows XP first, if you try this...then install Windows Vista.
    If you install in reverse order, Windows XP will wipe out the Vista
    Bill, Jan 6, 2008
  5. MaryL

    MaryL Guest

    Thanks. If I later decide to uninstall XP, will that affect Vista?

    I got slowed down a bit in my search for a new computer -- ended up in the
    hospital and had surgery last week. I'm going to start looking in a few

    MaryL, Jan 7, 2008
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    Bill Guest

    If you ever want to uninstall Windows XP, you'll be perfectly
    won't harm your Vista installation in the least. : )

    Best of luck with your search for a new computer. I purchased my current
    system, which as an Intel quad core processor, during a sale at CompUSA
    back in August. Getting the drive partitioned, and getting things set up
    the way that I wanted them, was a monumental headache during the first
    few days.

    An unexpected issue involved the installation of Windows XP. XP's setup
    routine doesn't recognize serial ATA hard drives, and the new system's
    motherboard only uses serial ATA connectors. Anyway, an SATA driver had
    to be loaded in from floppy disc during the XP setup because of
    this--without that driver, the XP install couldn't detect any hard
    drives on my system and would halt with an ominous "System Protection
    Error." Only one problem--my new system didn't come with a floppy drive,
    and XP expected these drivers to be loaded off of floppy. I ended up
    tearing it apart that weekend, and installing the floppy drive that was
    part of my older system.
    Bill, Jan 7, 2008
  7. MaryL

    Br40 Guest

    I have Vista, WinXP Pro, Win98, Win2000 and 2 or 3 flavors of Linux on my
    Vista computer.

    All these OS's are on ONE partition and each OS doesn't confect with any
    other OS.

    I use a program called Parallels You load each Operating
    system just like you would on a normal computer but Vista being my Host OS
    and all the others are a Virtual Computer Systems.

    If you want to game this won't work but for running "most" apps this is an
    ideal way to run these OS's on a single computer without rebooting. With my
    2 GB Ram I can run Vista, Win XP and Win2000 and RedHat Linux all at the
    same time ( with tweaking on each VM ram usage)

    They have a trial and it's worth a look to see if it suits your needs, and
    no I don't work for them I just like the program as it solved my testing
    issues for the software I run. Oh and the VM's run fast for almost all of
    the programs I run.

    c/p from website below

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    Br40, Jan 8, 2008
  8. MaryL

    MaryL Guest

    Thanks. This sounds like a good solution. I don't do any gaming, but I
    have a great many digital images on the computer. I want to learn PhotoShop
    after I retire in August and would also like to work "a bit" with video
    (primarily camcorder clips of my family and cats). I primarily use
    WordPerfect and Quattro Pro for professional work, and I still use a *very
    old* address program that has suited my needs perfectly, even though it is
    no longer published and came before the days of XP.

    MaryL, Jan 9, 2008
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