I dual boot with Xp and Vista. All you need do is install XP first (which i
assume you already have this installed). Next create another partition on
the same drive (or another drive if you have one) and then install Vista.
After installation, when you reboot the machine, you will have a menu appear
giving you the option to boot into Vista or XP.
As has already been mentioned when you are using XP then XP takes the C:
drive letter and Vista becomes D: (or whatever letter it has assigned)
conversely when you boot into Vista, Vista takes the C: drive letter and XP
becomes D etc.
The only major problem is XP's shadow copy facility. When you boot into XP
windows XP will immediately delete 'all' system restore points created in
Windows Vista ( i believe it also deletes shadow copy files for Complete PC
Backup if you are using a version of Vista that supports this, i.e,
A third party boot manager should solve the problem of losing restore points
from Vista. Alternatively, if you are using Vista Ultimate or Business, you
could use Bitlocker encryption to prevent the restore points being lost.
Personally system restore is disabled on both my XP and Vista partition so
the thought of losing restore points ins't one that bothers me, but it may
John Barnett MVP
Windows - Shell/User
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"Peter Geddes" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I'd like to dual boot between XP & Vista but I'm not sure if I need to
> hide partitions or not.
> XP is on a Primary partition and I will create another Primary partition
> for Vista (on the same disk). Do I need to make the Vista partition
> active and hide the XP partition before the install? I don't want Vista
> seeing the XP partition and vice versa.
> Does the Vista boot manager hide other primary partitions whilst active?
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