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Install Vista Beta 1 to DVD?


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#1 Battletops

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Posted 21 August 2005 - 03:58 PM

Does anyone know how to install Vista Beta 1 to a DVD so I can keep XP on my hard drive? I have a DVD burner and Windows Vista Beta 1 on DVD but I don't want to lose XP. I think it's possible because I have Linux on a bootable CD and when I load that OS, it doesn't mess with XP. I want to do the same thing with Vista (on a DVD). I have a couple other computers that I can fully install Vista Beta 1 to, if I need to copy some files from the WINDOWS folder of the Vista installation.

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#2 Grinler

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 02:31 PM

I do not believe you can run XP/Vista directly from the DVD.

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Posted 24 August 2005 - 07:36 PM

Well, I just went ahead and bought an external hard drive. Now I have a new problem. I began installing Vista to the external hard drive. When it needed to automatically restart in the middle of the installation, it did but when the computer turned back on, it didn't complete the installation. I had the choice of loading XP from the internal hard drive, loading Longhorn (Vista) from the external hard drive, or booting from the Vista DVD. Loading XP obviously loaded XP. Loading Longhorn just gave me a quick error message and shut down the computer. Loading from the Vista DVD just loaded the screen to install Vista Beta 1 from the beginning. I've tried installing it many times with the same result. What should I do?

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 12:15 PM

What kind of extrenal hard drive are you using? This is a usb drive?

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 01:29 PM

It's an external USB Hard Drive. The link below has all the detailed information, but I don't think it's a problem with the hard drive or compatibility. Maxtor 3100

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Posted 25 August 2005 - 11:13 PM

You want to run Vista on a DVD?

Do you want read write capability? I don't think DVD (even DVDRAM or DVDRW) would be your solution. Vista so far is exclusively NTFS for 32bit systems and based on that, you still need third party software to get Vista to write to DVD. By default Vista will only read write via FAT32. Not a solution.

The bios's in my IBM's will allow you to boot off of a flashcard. I personally witnessed an XP Pro OS (using litePC) system running off of a 4gig CF card, so I know you can do it.

No. To answer your question, there is no cheap way out. Partitioning is really the best way- or pickup a cheap 40gig drive off of Ebay and use it to play.
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Posted 26 August 2005 - 07:50 AM

Too late...I already got an external hard drive. Partitioning my computer's hard drive wouldn't help because there wasn't enough room on it anyway. My new problem is with installing Vista. Read my post above.

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Posted 10 September 2005 - 04:41 PM

Use nero burn and copy image file to DVD

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Posted 13 September 2005 - 02:49 AM

Yes I would say it's your best bet. Save the external hard disk for data storage or picture files --- no good for running an OS. Make an image of your current Windows XP installation and save that to a DVD. Then format C and install Vista beta on it. When you've finished exploring it, get tired of it, or the beta expires, restore the XP image and you've lost nothing.




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