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Installing Windows Xp On Vista


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#1 gokudanny89

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 08:31 AM

I just have some questions if anyone can please answer. If I want to install windows xp on vista will I be able to use both individually?Or do I have to partition in order to do that?And if I do partition will I lose all my files on that drive?And is it possible to istall it on a external drive somehow?

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 09:25 AM

You can either run XP in a virtual machine on your Vista system - or you can partition your hard drive in order to install XP on the other partition.

Depending on what and how you partition the drive, you won't necessarily lose data - but this is largely determined by your use of the partition and what partitioning tools you're using.

Yes, it is possible to install XP on an external drive - but it's a pretty complicated process. I started reading up on it and decided not to do it because it was so complicated.
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Posted 27 November 2007 - 09:35 AM

Which do you think is better to do and what do you mean by running xp in a virtual machine?How does that work.Thank you for answering the questions.
By the way the reason I want to do this is because I want to play games that work on xp and not vista.

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Posted 27 November 2007 - 09:52 PM

It's probably not a good idea to run XP in a Virtual Machine if you're playing games - you won't get the performance that you'd like to see. A Virtual Machine is a program that let's you run XP within the Vista operating system.

If you have a good partitioning tool you can resize the partition that Vista is on (and other partitions also) so that you don't lose any data. I can't recommend a free one as I use Acronis Disk Director for this purpose (about $50 US) - but there may be some listed in this thread: http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic3616.html

As for installing XP after Vista is installed, read this tutorial for more info: http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp
I haven't tried this myself, so some other members may have better advice for this.
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