How to install WIN XP on 2nd partition of pre-installed Vista OS laptop?

By Sir_Shahin ·
I have a laptop with a Vista OS installed on partition C

I'd like to install Windows XP on the second partition \

When I put my Win XP CD in, it doesn't boot from it.

How can I install Windows XP on the 2nd partition \ ?

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Change your BIOS

by Jacky Howe In reply to How to install WIN XP on ...

to boot from the CD/DVD as first boot device. You may have to have the Sata drivers for XP to see the Hard drive.

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


This is how you do it but you will have to find out the Motherboard specs for the Sata Driver. Check the Make and Model of your System and do a Google search for the drivers or post the information here so that a peer may be able to help you track down the drivers.

Extract and Copy the SATA Drivers to a Floppy Disk. Boot from the XP CD and when prompted, press F6 to install the SATA drivers from the floppy disk. If you haven't a Floppy Drive Slipstream your XP installation with the SATA drivers.

<b>How To: Slipstream your XP installation</b>

Download nLite



These are the steps that I took and if you have any problems read the guide.

Download the Sata Drivers from the manufactures web site.

Install Nlite

Extract the Sata Drivers to a folder named Sata using WinRar. http://www.rarlab.com/download.htm

Copy the entire XP CD to a folder named XPS

I then ran Nlite and Browsed to the XPS folder, click Next, click Next then select the Drivers and Bootable ISO click Next.

At the Drivers Tab click insert, click single driver and navigate to the folder with the .inf file for windows XP.

Highlight it and select open and select next. Select Textmode driver and select the XP Sata driver and click OK.

Click next and Yes to apply changes, next and select Make ISO. Burn it to CD using Nero or any other Software that will support the ISO Image.

<b>How to burn an ISO Image:</b>


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Just a thought

by Jacky Howe In reply to Change your BIOS

If you can't get XP drivers you may as well forget the project. But another alternative is to use a VM.

Read up on the documentation that comes with the software.

Virtual PC 2007 Release Notes


Download the full version of Microsoft Virtual PC 2007




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installed xp, but

by Sir_Shahin In reply to Just a thought

Thank you for your really helpful information I will definitely try that.

Before your post, I changed the boot source in BIOS to boot CD/DVD first. Then inserted XP.

I got to the point of choosing the partition and I chose partition \ because on C is VISTA installed.

After choosing the partition there are 3 options you can choose: NTFS quick format; format partition with NTFS(more precise formatting); and proceed without formatting.

I first tried the 1st and 2nd options, but in the middle of formatting the laptop was shut off. This happened all the time, so finally I just used the 3rd option (just install windows without formatting)
That partition \ was already empty and in NTFS format.
So it worked installing XP with choosing that 3rd option.

After installing XP 2 things happened:
1. I didn't have any drivers installed such as SOUND, VIDEO, etc... I thought XP recognizes those and installs automatically ??!!

2. I cannot access Vista anymore. It doesn't give me choices to choose between 2 installed OS. so it goes right away to XP...

for Number 1 I think I need to read your explanation and documentation and get those drivers from internet somewhere ??!!

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You should be able

by Jacky Howe In reply to installed xp, but

to install EasyBCD in XP. Page 4 of the instructions will step you through. Good luck with the drivers. You can try UnknownDeviceIdentifier.exe


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