dual booting vista and xp

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  1. 92'camaro

    92'camaro poop happens

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    does anyone know of a good boot manager so i can dual boot vista and xp?

    it would be very helpful
     
  2. SLED

    SLED build an idiot proof device and someone else will

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    save yourself the trouble and run Vista in a virtualPC environment
     
  3. Create

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    Vista will fuck up your XP partition. DANGER Will Robinson!

    SLED's right.
     
  4. ms500

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    It is possible to dual boot Vista and XP, just use google and there are plenty of guides out there.
     
  5. mdaniel

    mdaniel S is for Shiksa

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    Bullshit. I'm doing it on two computers with no problems.

    Either install XP first and leave some unpartitioned space on the hard disk, or use a program like Partition Magic or Acronis Disk Director to shrink your existing XP partition. Either way, once you have some unpartitioned space on the disk, install Vista into it and it'll install its boot manager giving you a choice between Vista and XP at bootup. Its no different than any other NT based Windows has been for at least the last decade.
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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  7. Intim

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    your an idiot, dont ever run an os on virtualpc enviroment
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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  9. JayC71

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    Why not virtual? I've got hundreds of production virtual servers :coolugh:
     
  10. Create

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    Yeah, it installs fine, then corrupted my XP partition. I gave it a few tries, reimaging inbetween.

    No luck. One Vista boot and I could no longer boot to XP.

    I moved the Vista install to a junk machine.
     
  11. mdaniel

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    Then you've got some hardware issue. I've booted back and forth many times on both machines. It works fine.
     
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    I have done it a couple of times using vistas boot loader. No problems, I can boot back and fourth all day long. I did have a problem once though when I removed vista I had to rebuild the MBR, pretty simple and works fine now.
     
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    The drive, or does Vista have a c: bug, meaning it gets awry if it's on d: rather than c:?

    I'll play with it more. Obviously there's something wrong.
     
  14. mdaniel

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    I don't know of any bug that gives Vista a problem if its not on C, but on both of my dual boots, each OS sees itself on C and other other OS's partition as D. I had XP installed on C (partition 1), then shrunk it to free space at the end of the drive. Then I installed Vista into a separate NTFS partition (partition 2) created by Vista setup from the free space. Vista sees partition 2 as C and partition 1 as D. XP sees partition 1 as C and partition 2 as D.
     
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  16. mdaniel

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    So what are you supposed to use virtual PC for? Do you even know what virtual PC is?
     

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