Posted 12 March 2007 - 03:56 PM
I would wait until you get the Express Upgrade and see what is possible.
Let me explain - I bought a Gateway with XP MCE and their Express Upgrade, which hasn't shipped yet.
However, while waiting, I installed the Final Preview copy of Vista in a second partition, and am running it and XP MCE in a dual boot configuration.
I used Acronis Disk Director Suite 10 (there are other programs that would do this) to make the primary partition on my HD where XP is, smaller, and then created another partition in which I was able to install Vista.
One problem, and why I suggest you wait to see what that Express Upgrade will allow, is that many PC vendors provide a "restore" CD that puts your system back exactly the way it was when it left the factory - including pre-installed drivers and software. As it does this, it also completely re-partitions and re-formats your drive, making it exactly the way it was, too. If an Express Upgrade is similar, you can see that it isn't going to allow you to keep XP on your system. However, if the Express Upgrade allows a new, clean install of Vista, then it may allow you to install it in a second partition.
Technically, the Express Upgrade only promises that Vista (whichever version) will install on your system and that correct Vista drivers will be available to run all of the devices that were included in your system. Arguably, it does not insure that additional software installed on your system will run under Vista. So, it is entirely possible that the version of, say, the bundled Quicken program in XP will not work with Vista. It would seem to me, the easiest thing for the vendor to do is to create an installable version of Vista with the proper drivers and send it out, allowing the recipient to install it as a clean install. This will avoid any problems with non-Vista capable software currently running in the XP install. In speaking with a Gateway technician, it appears that that is what they are doing, and I'll be able to install the Express Upgrade in that second partition on my HD (after wiping out my preview version).
I won't know for sure until I actually have that Express Upgrade DVD in my hands. This is why I'd suggest you wait until you know what you are being provided before you make any decisions.
I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!