Dual booting isn't going to slow your system down because you can only use
one operating system at a time, at boot up you either boot to XP or Vista.
You do, however, need two partitions, one for Vista and one for XP. You can
even install XP on a system that already has Vista installed. See this link
on my website.
An alternative is to use virtual machine software, although you do need to
have enough memory and this option may slow you down somewhat.
John Barnett MVP
Windows - Shell/User
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"slopoke" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> just how do you do this. format installxp and dual boot? I thought you
> had to have one or the other. and will all these operating systems slow me
> down more ?
> "Chad Harris" wrote:
>> Hi slopoke/dlmarris--
>> And the Dell laptop model would be what if you want something specific?
>> it supports Vista, it's likely you could pop in an XP CD and format and
>> install XP but if I were you I'd format, install XP and then dual boot
>> Vista. You haven't been specific about why you hate Vista, and I'd
>> if you were specific about what you hate we could fix that for you.
>> "slopoke" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> >I just bought a new laptop and and a new computer with vista on them. I
>> > it can I get vista off them and install xp? they r dell computers
>> > --
>> > dlmarris