How to install dual operating systems like windows vista home basic &win xp

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Hi Guys

I buy new laptop in that windows vista home basic os is there. i want to make a dual operating system to install win xp. i am poor in installation part. kindly give me suggestions.

Note: i make NTFS partion for new win xp os
when i am trying to install win xp in that partion from cd it will give the error.

thanks and regards

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I would be using

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to install dual opera ...

Virtual Machine software. Less problems can arise this way. Anyway check out the links.

Read up on the documentation that comes with the software.

Virtual PC 2007 Release Notes

Download the full version of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007


How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

How to dual-boot Vista with XP (with XP installed first) - step-by-step guide with screenshots

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XP Installation

by ssrinivaas In reply to How to install dual opera ...

We are not able to install WinXP in Vista OS Machine. First u install XP then install Vista. This is the procedure.

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Dual booting windows XP on a Preinstall Windows Vista

by clemsy4real2001 In reply to How to install dual opera ...

Install Windows XP on Your Pre-Installed Windoows Vistta Computter
The annswer is that it's not that difficult, it's just very time consuming, and you need to own a copy of Windowws XP.
Note that you should not attempt this if you aren't ready to troubleshoot any prooblems that might occuur.The first issue we encounter is that computers with pre-installed operating systems take up the entire drive. Luckily Microsofft included the Shrink volume featture in Vista, so we can easily shriink the Vista partition down to make room for XP.
Open the Computer Management panel, which you can find under Administrative tools or by right-clicking the Computer item in the start menu and choosing Manage. Find the Disk Management item in the list and select that.Now we'll shrink our volume down by right-clicking on the main hard drive and choosing Shrink Volume. Now you can choose the size that you want to shrink, which really means you are choosing the size that you want your XP partition to be. Whatever you do, don't just use the default. I chose roughly 10gb by
entering 10000 into the amount. The next step might be confusing, because we need to change the cd-rom drive that's invariably taking up at the moment, because we want to use for the Windows XP partition,but it's already taken by the cd-rom drive. If you skip this step than XP will installl onto the E: drive, which isn't the end of the world, but it's not quite as tidy. Right-click on the cd-rom drive in the list and choose Change Drive Letter and Paths from the menu.Now we'll change the CD drive to use E: by selecting that in the drop-down.Now we can create a new partition for XP to live on and make sure that the drive letter is set the way we want. If you do not create a partition now the XP install will do so automatically, but it's easier and cleaner to do it this way.
Right-click on the Unallocated free space area and then select New Simple Volume from the menu.
Follow through the wizard and select whatever options you'd like, making sure to use as the drive letter.
Now you will need to close out of disk management and reboot your computer. This is beccause we can't do the next step until we reboot. (you can try, but it won't work) So we've come back from rebooting? open up Computer from the start menu and then right-click on the drive and select properties. Give your partition a meaningful name like " XP". It would be wise to name the C: drive to "Vista" at this point as well.
Now you'll want to pop your XP cd into the drive and boot off it. You may have to configure your BIOS to enable booting off the CD drive, or if your computer says something like "Hit Esc for boot menu" you might want to use that. Once you come to the screen where you can choose the partition to install on, then choose either the
unpartitioned space or the new partition you created. Whatever you do, don't try and install onto your Vista partition! See how much cleaner it is now that we've labeled each partition distinctly?
We'll assumme XP is completely installed at this point, and you will have lost your ability to boot into Windows Vista, so we'lll need to use the VistaBootPro utility to restore the Vista boot loader.
Download and install VistaBootPro from
During the install you'll be forced to install the ".NET 2.0 framework". Open up VistaBootPRO and then
click on the System Bootloader tab. Check the "Windows Vista Bootloader" and then "All Drives" radio buttons, and then click on the Install Bootloader button. At this point,the Windows Vista bootloader is installed and you'll only be able to boot into Vista, but we'll fix that. Instead of manually doing the work, we'll just click the Diagnostics menu item and then choose Run Diagnostics from the menu. This will scan your computer and then automatically fill in the XP version.. click on the "Manage OS Entries" tab and then click in the textbox for Rename OS Entry, and name it something useful like "Windows XP" or "The Windows That Works".
Click the Apply Updates button and then reboot your computer? you should see your shiny new boot manager with both operating systems in the list!
If you get an error sayinng "unable to find ntldr" when trying to boot XP, you'll need to do the following:
? Find the hidden files ntldr and in the root of your Vista drive and copy them to the
root of your XP drive.
? If you can't find the files there, you can find them in the \i3866\ folder on your XP install cd. So, you should be smilling at the End of this.

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Dual boot WinXP and Vista.....

by Peconet Tietokoneet In reply to How to install dual opera ...

You just got a new PC with Windows Vista pre-installed, and you want to dual-boot Windows XP for old programs - or just nostalgia's sake. You already know how to dual-boot Windows Vista on your XP machine, but you can also set up Windows XP to boot from a separate partition on your Vista PC.

First you'll need to repartition your hard drive inside Vista, install Windows XP on that new partition, and then use previously-mentioned VistaBootPro to set up your bootloader

The fact that you do not have a bootable Windows Vista DVD with such systems, may also limit the ability to successfully create a dual boot with Windows XP.

The first thing one needs to do is to create a new partition on which to install Windows XP. This you can do by going to Computer>Right click>Manage>Disk Management.

Now right click on the blue primary hard drive at the bottom section of Disk Management and select "Shrink Volume". You can then choose how big the new partition that you want for Windows XP should be. It's suggested that you take into account that you may want to install programs and save data there, but also that you do not limit the amount of space available to Windows Vista unreasonably. Your total hard drive size will be your ultimate guide in selecting the amount of space you allocate to each operating system.

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