You can have the best of both worlds . I have xp and vista on two seperate
hard drives independent of each other. I have two sata drives. I had one
with xp installed on it and I added another one then rebooted went into
bios and turned off the xp hard drive and turned on the new sata hard drive
and installed vista clean install. Now all I have to do is reboot go into
setup and turn off the vista sata hard drive from the bios and turn on xp
sata hard drive and whala!!!! two serperate version in one compter working
independently of each other.Switch from xp to vista and visa versa...
"Chad Harris" <vistaneedsmuchowork.net> wrote in message
Hi Pete in NM--
The rule is to always install the legacy (XP in your case) OS first--because
if you don't you can have the bootloader overwrite problem outlined by the
These KB may inform your question:
Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the
Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration
You cannot start Windows XP after you install Windows Vista in a dual-boot
configuration together with Windows XP
Windows XP does not start on a computer that is configured for dual booting
How to create a multiple-boot system in Windows XP
There are some threads close to this on dual booting that answer your
question on putting XP on one partition and Vista on another as a dual boot,
but it is much safer to install XP first.
"Pete in NM" <PeteinNM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> So if I have a system that is already loaded with Vista, I can't install
> on it without removing Vista first?
> "Peter" wrote:
>> They can be on the same hard drive, but must be in separate NTFS
>> or two hard drive. I've had both set ups.
>> XP must be installed before Vista and I recommend you Google for either
>> EasyBCD or VistaBootPro to make booting between systems easier.
>> Toronto, Canada
>> XP Pro SP2 x 2 + Vista Ultimate
>> P4 HT @ 3.00ghz, 4.0gb RAM, 700gb HDD
>> "Pete in NM" <PeteinNM@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> >I want to set up my PC with both Vista and XP on it. Do both OS have to
>> > reside on the same hard drive or can they be on separate drives?