Dual-Boot your Computer!

Are you ever tired of Windows Vista’s “Antics”??? Well, here’s what you should do if you have a spare windows XP cd, or your friend had an old one that he never used.

I’ve been researching this quite a bit, and I was asking this question on PCWorld.com forums. My thread’s here: http://forums.pcworld.com/thread/27512?tstart=0. Here’s what you need to do based on the wonderful directions at apcmag: http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp.

  1. First, we have to create a place for you to install XP, so in Vista, click on Start, and right click on Computer, and click on Manage.  Remember, you must be an administrator to do this.  
  2. Click on continue if an User Account Control dialog box pops up, and the Computer Management window will appear.  
  3. Under the Storage Category in the left panel of the window (there is three panels), click on the Disk Management icon.  
  4. Right-click on either your C: drive or your D: drive (which ever has more free space) in the middle panel of the window, and in the menu that pops up, click on `shrink volume`.
  5. In the dialog box that pops up, leave all the settings alone (unless you know what you`re doing – in that case, you can decrease the amount you shrink your volume by, so as to leave some free space for more stuff), and then click Shrink.  Now you will have a new partition available to install XP on.
  6. Since you have the XP disks, install XP into the unpartitioned space you just created.  
  7. Obviously now you can’t boot into the Windows Vista Partition, or in human terms, section of the hard drive that is devoted to one filesystem or another, that you originally wanted to boot into.  After XP`s installed, boot into it!
  8. Now, download this iso file: http://neosmart.net/blog/2008/windows-vista-recovery-disc-download/ and burn it with a program like MagicISO or Roxio, and then reboot with the disk in your drive and select the recovery option, and repair Vista’s Master Boot Record (click on startup repair).
  9. Now you can boot into vista. now for the dualboot part of this: download easybcd. Then to the following steps after installing:
  10. Launch the app and go to Add/Remove Entries.
  11. Under “Add an Entry” and under the Windows tab and select in the Version drop-down list “Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3”.
  12. Change the Drive to E:\ and the name to “Windows XP”, then click “Add Entry” and “Save”.

Now when you restart you should see both Vista and XP in your OS List.


I REALLY hope this helps, and me finding all this information out is all because of ages and ages of searching online and doing research and because of apcmag.com’s dual-booting guides!

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Thanks to APCMAG.COM for the images!

  • Craig

    That was kind of confusing and hard to understand…but if I read it 112 times i might get it.

  • Craig

    That was kind of confusing and hard to understand…but if I read it 112 times i might get it.

  • Connor M.

    What do you find hard to understand? I’ll try and improve it.

  • Connor M.

    What do you find hard to understand? I’ll try and improve it.

  • Austin Chicken

    I didn’t try it Connor but I will. :)

  • Austin Chicken

    I didn’t try it Connor but I will. :)

  • Austin Chicken

    Yeah

  • Austin Chicken

    Yeah

  • Austin Chicken
  • Austin Chicken
  • Craig

    Its just I was tired when I read that. I understand it now.

  • Craig

    Its just I was tired when I read that. I understand it now.

  • http://annarborcomputerrepair.info/ Ann PC

    Interesting.

    Times are a changing.

    I like XP but it can be tough to fix sometimes. (But it is still easier for me to understand than NT!)

    Thanks for posting.

  • http://annarborcomputerrepair.info/ Ann PC

    Interesting.

    Times are a changing.

    I like XP but it can be tough to fix sometimes. (But it is still easier for me to understand than NT!)

    Thanks for posting.