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    Partitioning a hard drive on Vista


    by nwbrogren ·

    After the hard rive is partitioned on the Vista operating system any advice on how to load Windows XP to the new partition? And how do I boot up the computer in XP instead of Vista?

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      by nwbrogren ·

      In reply to Partitioning a hard drive on Vista


    • #2566996

      Well provided that you don’t want to use both

      by oh smeg ·

      In reply to Partitioning a hard drive on Vista

      Insert the XP Install Disc and boot the system. If you have a SATA HDD you will most likely need to press the [b]F6 Key[/b] when the first blue screen appears and when prompted insert a Floppy with the SATA Driver for your M’Board and XP copied to the root of the floppy and then pres enter to load the drivers.

      If you don’t have a floppy available you can make a slipstreamed copy of the XP Installer by following the directions in this article

      of if you prefer to point & Click you can use nLite to make a Slipstreamed install Disc.

      If you want to try Dual Booting you will need 2 Partitions or more and you need to install XP to the First and Vista to the second. Though since SP1 for Vista has been released I believe that Dual Booting is no longer an option for a reliable system.

      If you plan on installing XP to a computer that came preloaded with Vista go to the Device Manager and make a list of all the drivers installed and then see if you can find these for XP. If you can download the required Drivers and unzip them for use after you install XP.

      If you are unable to find all the required Drivers then your Hardware probably doesn’t have XP Drivers and will not work correctly under XP.


    • #2566980

      Another alternative

      by rob miners ·

      In reply to Partitioning a hard drive on Vista

      If you are using a standard PC I would suggest using another Hard Drive as they are relatively inexpensive these days. It is a lot less painfull to recover from if something goes wrong later.
      You may have to install Sata drivers for your Hard Drive. You can download them and save them to floppy or slipstream them into a Bootable XP CD by using NLite.

      Disconnect the drive with Vista, set the new drive as Master if it is IDE and and insert it into the PC. Install XP then set it up with appropriate drivers EG: Motherboard CD should have these drivers, Chipset, Video, Lan and USB. If not you will have to find them on the internet.

      When it is running properly remove the drive and set it as Slave or connect it to the second Sata port. Reconnect both drives and boot into Vista.

      Download this file VistaBootPRO v.3.3

      Below is how to locate the ntldr, NTDETECT, and boot.ini while in Vista

      1. Open My Computer
      2. Click on “Organize” and then click on “Folder and Search Options”
      3. Then click on the “View” tab
      4. In the list under “Advanced Settings” you need to find “Hide protected operating system files” and uncheck it and then click “Ok”

      5. Once back into My Computer open your XP drive and you will now see more “protected” files
      6. Select the three files in question and right click and then select “Copy”
      7. Go back and open your Vista drive and right click and then select paste into C:\

      I have added this section.

      Open VistsBootPro and select Manage OS Entries
      Add New OS Entry
      OS Name = XP
      OS Type = OS Legacy
      OS Drive = XP Drive letter
      Change Boot Drive = the drive with XP
      Click on Apply when you are ready.

      8. Go to the “System Bootloader” screen
      9. Select “Windows Vista Bootloader”
      10. Select “All Drives”

      Note: Before continuing quit any I/O sensitive applications.

      11. Select Force Install and then click on “Install Bootloader”
      End v.3.3

      10. Once done exit VistaBootPRO and reboot your system

      You will have to modify Boot.ini to reflect the drive. rdisk(1) instead of rdisk(0)
      This is modified for XP Pro

      [boot loader]
      [operating systems]
      multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS=”Microsoft Windows XP Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

      Later on if you want to use the New Drive on its own you can use the XP CD so that you can get to the Recovery Console to run these two commands.

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