Goal: Dual-boot OS option upon startup; one being XP and the other Vista
Computer: HP Pavilion Elite m1977c, Intel Quad Core Duo Q6700, 3GB RAM, 320 GB HD (x2)
Factory Installed OS: Windows Vista Home Premium (32-bit)
*Of the two HDs only the first one has been used, the second is entirely untouched
*The 0 location HD came from HP with Vista on the C: partition, and System Restore on a 10GB D: partition
*I've currently backed up all necessary personal files
*I've also burned a backup set of Vista system recovery disks
*I have a new Windows XP Pro SP2 install disk, with product key
*I have 'shrunk' the C: partition that Vista is located in to make room for 40GB of unallocated space (future home for XP)
Where it stands -
My plan, after reading up on the process at apc.com and a few other sources, was to partition some space on the 0 location HD where Vista is currently located for XP to reside. Then was going to install XP into that unallocated space, formatting it (etc) during the XP setup process. When I tried to install XP from CD while in Vista (i.e. from desktop environment), the option to "Install Windows XP Professional" was 'greyed out' and unable to be clicked. After monkeying around with it I was finally able to select the "install" option, but shortly thereafter received an "incompatible with Vista" message; the install was aborted by Vista. It wouldn't allow the install to continue because it deemed XP incompatible with itself. SO... then I just tried to restart the computer with the XP install CD in the DVD drive to boot straight from the disk... at that point Vista kept firing right up as if there were no disc in the tray. I restarted a few times to no different result. Then I checked the boot priority settings during another restart, which after verification were in the appropriate order - Floppy > CD > HD. I restarted again, this time going into either 'boot settings' or 'setup' (I can't remember which) and was able to force it to run the disc. I got the message on a black screen: "Press any key to boot from disc..." and did so; the Windows Setup blue screen opened, and files etc began loading. Things seemed to be going well. After that had been going on for a short while, maybe a minute at most (well before I had any options to format, install, setup partitions, etc), it would stop the process and yield me a blue screen message that says something like: "this process has been stopped to keep you from harming/damaging your computer, if this is the first time you've received this message try again." I tried it again, to the same result. Rinsed and repeated several times. Argh!
At this point I'd be happy to wipe my HD and start over with XP, then install Vista - the installation sounds much easier that route... but it doesn't even appear that I can uninstall.
*Is my strategy sound? Should it work?
*Is it possible that my new XP disk has some error even though it has appeared to be functional?
*Should I just give up? Getting XP on my compy for some of my most important programs is pretty key for me... but I'm at wits end
Edited by Katakisan, 25 February 2008 - 12:26 AM.