You should install XP first and if you don't install the legacy OS first,
you could have some problems with the boot loader that will take you a while
to sort out. There is an onpoint MSKB that might help you:
You also may get some help in sorting this out should you elect not to use
the best practices method of installing the older OS first via this MSKB
and this free utility that is very helpful:
Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the
Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration
Vista Boot Pro ( a gui interface to sort out bootloader problems should you
have any if you elect to install Vista first)--it's an easier workaround to
using the Vista BCDEDIT that is not a gui utility, but is used via the
If you go to www.microsoft.com
or google or MSN search and do a search on
BCDEDIT or go to the general group and do a search I have posted about a
dozen references for BCDEDIT use.
"SpenceD8585" <SpenceD8585@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I just bought a new PC with Vista and it doesnt run all the programs I
> I have my old XP CD and was thinking of partitioning the drive and running
> both, I was looking at Vista partition software and it says I have to
> the older version first, and my partition software doesnt work with Vista.
> Should I delete both, install XP, and then partition and install Vista,
> seems like a long way around, any ideas?