>I got my new computer with Windows Vista already installed.
> My old computer with Windows XP2 crashed. Many of my
> sotware programs, especially games, will not work on
> Windows Vista, so I thought I could install Windows XP2 as
> a co-existing operating system without messing up the installed
> program Windows Vista. Is this possible? If so, what is the
> safest way to do this? I have anextra hard drive installed
> How do I place XP2 into the second hard drive?
Since you have 2 hard drives, just disconnect the Vista HD
and install XP on the 2nd HD. Then, with both HDs connected,
choose one or the other via the Hard Drive Boot Order in
the BIOS when you start up (NOT the Device Boot Order).
The HD Boot Order setting, which selects which HD's MBR
will get control at startup, will persist through subsequent startups
until you change it. Each OS, since it will have been installed in
isolation, will call its own partition "C:" when it is running, and it
will refer to other partitions by names that it selects. But if each
OS does not have shortcuts which refer to other partitions, that
won't be a problem, and files may be drag-n-dropped between
all partitions regardless of hard drive.
If you want a software (as opposed to firmware) solution, you
will have to use a 3rd-party utility to enable dual-booting because
the later OS (i.e. Vista) has been installed before the earlier OS
(i.e. XP) will be installed. Free utilities that will enable the dual-
boot scenario are:
EasyBCD ( http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
VistaBoot Pro ( http://www.vistabootpro.org/
One or both of them *might* require a separate partition in which