Running Vista on one drive and XP pro on another

By russbreese ·
What issues do I run into trying to run vista on one drive (C) and installing another drive from another computer (PC) that has XP Pro? I would like to be able to run xp pro on that designated drive only and vista on the C drive. How do I accomplish this?

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Thanks, but more questions...

by russbreese In reply to Greg

Thanks for the rapid reply. Slightly different senerio. My computer has pre-loaded vista. I am taking a hard drive out of my old computer that has XP Pro already installed and I want to plug it into the new computer as a second drive. What issues do I run into and how can I run vista on one and XP on the other?

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Probably won't work

by davidburke84 In reply to Thanks, but more questio ...

Although XP is good for recognizing new hardware, this probably won't work unless your new computer is the same as your old one. Are you going for a dual boot? I don't think this is possible with two separate drives, unless you go into BIOS each time and change the boot order. What you should do is reload the PC with Vista, with a 15 GB partition (or however much it requires), create a 5 GB partition with XP. This would allow you to select your operating system upon booting your computer. Now, if you're just trying to get the files off that were on your old PC, just hook up the drive. Shouldn't be an issue reading the XP drive on the Vista box.

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This is how I would do it. It works. :)

by Jacky Howe In reply to Thanks, but more questio ...

XP is already installed on the Drive from another PC you will have to get it ready for the swap. Follow these instructions with the drive in the Original PC.;en-us;824125

When you have finished those steps.
Install the drive as Master and set it up with appropriate drivers EG: Motherboard CD should have these drivers, Chipset, Video, Lan and USB.

When it is running properly remove the drive and set it as Slave. 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

Edit: Missed an important step.
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

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