Yet another Dual Boot Question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by John Anderson, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. My system is currently using XP Pro.

    If I want to have a dual boot system and install a second hard drive,

    then install Vista Ultimate on the new hard drive,

    then use the VistaBootPro

    Which OS do I allow the system to boot to?

    Which OS will have the VistaBoot Pro program installed?

    Will one OS mess up the other?

    When I switch from one OS to the other is it like rebooting?

    If I ie: boot to Vista, then switch to XP, would I then be able to run
    those XP programs that are incompatible with Vista?

    Will switching back and forth affect a pre-existing network and router?
    John Anderson, Aug 12, 2007
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  2. John Anderson

    peter Guest

    Here are a few answers and a suggestion.........
    If you install the "normal" dual boot way when you boot a screen will ask
    you which OS you wish to boot pick one....any one...thats the OS
    that you will be working in when the system starts.No you cannot switch to
    another OS from the other OS...if you startup in Vista you are in Vista
    until you reboot and startup with XP.Your Network/Router will need to be
    configured under each OS seperately..but a lot of that is automatic with the
    exception of security/passwords/etc.
    Mail needs to be configured under each mail program.
    Any programs that you wish to run under both OS need to be installed under
    both OS...if you wish program ABC to run under XP you need to install it
    while your running XP and the same under Vista
    VistaBootPro is a nice program...but it is still a program and as such
    things can go when you decide you dont want XP anymore.
    Might I suggest that you disconnect the drive that XP is on and then install
    Vista as a new install onto that new HD.There will be no boot files
    changed...there will be no software "dual Boot". The way to access/Boot from
    either drive is to access the BIOS and set that particular drive as 1st Boot
    or 2nd boot if your CD/DVD is set to 1st.Some BIOS let you chose which drive
    to boot from during the boot process by means of the F12 pushing F12 a
    screen would show with the HDs listed and you pick which one to boot
    from.Check to see if your BIOS has that option.
    I did this for awhile with XP and Vista till I decided to just stick with XP
    on this machine and use Vista on the other.It was easy at that point to just
    format Vista off the drive without having to go to the trouble of editing
    the whole boot process.
    As for programs I would suggest 2 partitions on each for the OS
    and one for the programs for that particular new HD 2 partitions D
    and E
    D for Vista E for all the programs that you want to use under Vista.....
    Be sure to turn off System Restore under XP for the drive that Vista is on
    and Vice Versa.
    Good Luck
    peter, Aug 13, 2007
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  3. Whichever you prefer; that's the point of dual-booting. You'll be
    presented with the choice of operating systems at the time you boot the
    computer, and can set whichever OS you prefer as the default, if you
    make no selection.

    Again, that's your choice. I'd install it in both, just for the added

    Only to the extent that the System Restore feature of WinXP, if not
    turned off, will corrupt Vista's Restore Points.

    Yes, it's exactly like booting, as that is how you make the transition:
    you'd reboot the computer and select the other OS.

    Which is to say, reboot into WinXP....

    Certainly, because you won't be running Vista.
    It will be as if you have two separate computers, only one of which can
    be on at any one time.


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    Bruce Chambers, Aug 13, 2007
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    John Barnes Guest

    The deleting of Vista restore points has nothing to do with XP restore. XP
    will delete the Vista restore points when it does its Volume processing
    regardless of what volumes are involved in system restore. Vista either
    needs to be on a hidden partition or be encrypted.
    John Barnes, Aug 15, 2007
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    Paul Randall Guest

    I'm trying to clarify in my mind what is going on "when it does its Volume
    processing" process and how long does it take. Is this done when restore
    points are created or at boot-up time, or what?

    -Paul Randall
    Paul Randall, Aug 16, 2007
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