Hi Colonel Adams--
There are several ways around the deletion of the restore points if you dual
boot, and they have been discussed on this group and the general group. One
is to use Bit Locker if your Vista edition has it, and that's importnant to
you. I highly value System Restore, but I also highly value a good backup
and while Vista has Backup, and One Care has backup that is not quite as
robust as Vista but similar, I prefer Acronis 10. I've used and compared
all of those.
I like dual booting because you always have your XP with you, and if you're
like a lot of us, you have worked with XP for a long time and have a lot of
docs, shortcuts, etc. on it.
When you install Vista, if you don't use an upgrade and want to dual boot,
if you run the Vista setup from the XP desktop, you will keep the same drive
letters (the bios dictates that), but if you run the Vista DVD from a
restart, you'll have your drive letters changed when you are on the Vista
boot, (but not when you're on the XP boot).
You'll find installation easy because if you click Advanced on the setup,
you will have a choice of which drive you want to install Vista on. If you
were using only one HD, and I understand you're buying another internal HD,
then you could simply make a partition (you'd have to use 3rd party to do
this from XP to retain everything) using something like Partition Magic.
Where do you want to Install Vista (Drive Options Advanced Link)
This may be helpful to you--it gives screenshots of Vista installs:
Installing Windows Vista
One tip I find userul (with a dual boot) to get from Vista to XP or
vice-versa when you are booted to one of them:
You can shortcut from your Vista Desktop to XP and from XP to Vista--giving
you access to your files and folders on XP and saving time to transfer or
copy and real estate on your Vista partition:
To go to XP from Vista do this:
XP Drive Letter\Documents and Settings\Col. Adams' Profile\Desktop
To go from XP to Vista:
Vista Drive Letter(partition assigned letter from XP)\Users\Col. Adams'
You can easily merge your Outlook but cannot merge OE\Win Mail. However you
can copy any OE message from one to the other.
"ColonelAddams" <ColonelAddams@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> thank you all for the help. I will buy a new internal drive tomorrow and I
> will also buy vista for the install. I don't mind restore points being
> out seeing I keep all my pertinent info on my external hd.
> I am assuming I stick in my 2nd HD and it will be named another letter,
> I install vista it will ask me which drive letter to install too? When I
> the new drive my old drive will continue to hold xp on it, correct? Then
> next time I boot it will ask me which version of windows to boot, xp or
> Thank you all again for your time and efforts!
> "Jim" wrote:
>> ColonelAddams wrote:
>> > I don't have a second internal HD yet, but do have an external. Would
>> > it be
>> > better to install Vista on an internal vs. external?
>> Is your external drive connect to the PC via USB or Firewire? If it is,
>> it will be too slow to be used as a boot drive. It should be OK if it is
>> > Also, when I do buy Vista do i simply install it on my PC running XP
>> > and it
>> > will ask me which drive I would like to install it to allowing me to
>> > run
>> > both? I keep hearing about "use the boot loader that comes with Vista "
>> > is it
>> > really that simple...
>> Yes, it is that simple as long as you don't mind your Vista's restore
>> points get deleted when XP is running.