So, I was wondering if I'd be able to dualboot (as in boot into XP from the boot screen like alot of people do with Linux kernels etc) into XP. I have a couple of questions, but here are my specs first:
(current OS is Windows Vista Ultimate (6.0, build 6001))
Manufacturer: Acer Model: Aspire M3100 BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG
AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 5600+ ~2.8GHz
3070MB RAM (4259MB page file)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO 512MB (32bit) (60Hz) [for some reason dxdiag says it has 1780MB memory]
Realtek HD Audio
528GB available [most of it is on D: drive (NTFS), so if I have to partition I could do it on that one, right?]
Onto questions now ..
Is there any risk damaging part or all of my current contents in my hard drive or Vista which requires reformatting etc?
Is it possible for my computer to dualboot into Windows XP?
Do I need anything before/after setting up XP? If so, where and are they available for my computer?
If I dualboot into XP, will I still receive performance drops of which I'd receive in Vista, or would it be the same as if it were XP? (eg. games require 2GB in XP and 2.5GB in Vista, if I dualboot into XP do I still need 2.5GB?)
Is it a hard and/or long process?
.. if I left any important stuff out you could help me even more by saying it
Thanks for helping!
Off-topic question: Will dualbooting into Windows XP for demanding games such as Grand Theft Auto IV released yesterday allow it to run more smoothly or is it just a waste of time?
Which XP is the best for gaming? Home, Business or Professional (or w/e they're called)
Edited by iSyntax, 04 December 2008 - 06:48 AM.