WinXP/Win2000 Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Alex, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Just got a new HP with Media Center Edition. I'd like to install Win 2000
    also, so I can use an old drafting program. I created my HP recovery discs,
    erased the hard drive, partioned the drive to accept Win2000, installed
    Win2000 fine, then used the HP recovery disks. Unfortunately, the recovery
    disks won't allow the partiton with the Win2000 to stay there. It formats the
    entire drive.

    As an alternative, could I install a second hard drive, install Win2000 on
    it, retain Media Center XP on the original drive and not completley screw up
    the registry settings. Would it work? Thanks!
    Alex, Apr 13, 2006
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  2. Alex

    JW Guest

    If your old drafting program can run on Win 2000 I don't know why it can't
    run on MCE which is basically XP Pro with the added MCE application.
    If it can not then you can probably run it is compatibility mode for the
    older OS.
    In any case when you first Fdisk drive you can establish one or more
    partitions You just have to make sure that the first partition you establish
    does not use the whole drive before you format any of them.
    JW, Apr 13, 2006
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  3. Probably.

    Also, you could install MCE as before, then use third-party
    partitioning software to (non-destructively) reduce the first partition
    size and create a second on the new free space.

    I have used Partition Magic to do this; I know there are other
    possibilities, as well.

    These days, a new hard drive could end up being cheaper than the
    software, however :)

    Gene E. Bloch, Apr 13, 2006
  4. You will need to use 3rd party partitioning software, such as BootIt Next Generation or Partition Magic to resize the existing partition, and then create a new partition for Win 2K. See, Win XP Tips, Install Windows 2000 After XP is installed for the directions on how to do just this.
    Doug Knox MS-MVP, Apr 13, 2006
  5. Alex

    Alex Guest

    Thanks for your help folks! I'll get it done now...
    Alex, Apr 14, 2006
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