dual boot how to ?
I've a 160 gig hard drive , wanta setup dual boot , xp pro & xp home (why ? long story) need only 20 gig worth for home , hows it done ?
Create 2 partions and install, yes it is that easy with xp, after they are installed when you boot up it will give you a choice of what partion you want to load from.
No its not that easy. You can't really have 2 XP installs...
Whatever one you install last will just take over the other.
If it was XP and Vista it would be easy enough. But dual XP is probably going to need a 3rd party bootloader.
Does it mean that if I wanna install Xp and Vista I only have to make a new partition and Install Xp on one and Vista on the other then when I'll boot it'll ask me which one I want to boot with?.
Also can I do the above and also use another Disk to save both my Xp and Vista files and installs(games,music and such.)?
Yup. I do that myself actually. XP on one drive, Vista on the other.
Just make sure XP is installed first and then install Vista. Otherwise it becomes a huge complex mess.
UPon first windows installation, create 2 partitions, each of whatever size you like.
Install to the first partition.
Update windows, blah, blah, drivers, blah blah.
Once windows is updated, from your desktop, install windows again(2nd version), selecting the blank partition as the target drive.
UPon starting windows, you should be greated with a "boot loader" that allows you to select which OS you boot to.
If not, go into whatever windows you are "allowed" into.
open an explorer window, and go to "folder options" inside one of the "ALT" menus(TOOLS) at the top of the explorer window.
Inside the folder options, there should be a tab called "VIEW". Select the option "show hidden files and folders". Unselect the option for "hide protected system files" here as well as "show extenesions for known file types", and then press "apply to all folders" at the top of the "option's" "VIEW" window.
Navigate to "C:\"(or whatever letter your harddrive is)
look for "boot.ini", and rightclick it and open using "notepad".
Inside you'll find a long line at the bottom denoting the operating system it's booting from.
If using just a different partition, you'll see this noted in this line you jsut copied. if the exisiting line says "PARTITION 0", then you are booting from your first windows.
IF it says "PARTITION 1", you are booting form the second partition.
Modify the number following "PARTITION" in the line you pasted to the correct partition on which your other windows is located (in hexadecimal, where we start with 0, and not start with 1!!!)
further down that line, you'll see "Microsoft Windows XP HOME Edition" or some such drivel. It will be the same on each line(original, and the one you pasted), and the original line is the windows you are currently using, the bottom is the one you first installed, so please feel free to modify whatever is within those "quotes" so you know which OS you are booting from.
In the end, your boot.ini should look like this:
Save your edited "boot.ini", reboot your pc, et voila! You'll be greated with an option to select which OS to boot, and 30 seconds to do so, when you turn on your pc.
Ok so in fact it's possible to install both Xp and Vista on one drive and use another drive with 2 partitions 1 for Xp and one for Vista to save my files like music,games etc.
Yes, it's possible, however the steps you must take for Vista/XP are slightly different.
For dualboot XP/ Vista, install XP first, and then Vista from XP desktop. Vista does not use the "boot.ini" file, and installs something else for booting that overrides "boot.ini".
If you happen to install XP AFTER Vista, then you can pop your Vista disk in when first turning on your pc, and running the boot fixer from the Vista DVD.
As mentioned though, it's best to have a seperate drive for each OS.
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