windows vista dual boot
What is dual boot in Windows Vista® and Windows® XP®?
Windows Vista® dual boot is very useful if you want to have a different version of Windows® or a completely different operating system. It’s usually easier to set a dual boot between multiple operating systems. If you didn’t put important data in your computer, you don’t have to worry about backing it up. Here we’ll talk about dual boot between Windows Vista® and Windows® XP. Both are popular operating systems and this is a great way to get the best of both. There are two ways to do it and you have to consider:
- Windows Vista® Dual Boot with Windows® XP with Windows Vista® being installed first
- Windows Vista® Dual Boot with Windows® XP while Windows® XP being installed first
- Things To Consider With Windows® Dual Boot
Windows Vista® Dual Boot with Windows® XP with Windows Vista® being installed first
The first step is to determine how much space you are going to give Windows® XP. You have to create a separate partition by using program like GParted, but there are many other tools for this task. After you have decided and set the new partition, it is time to reboot and install Windows® XP. When installing Windows® XP, choose the newly created partition as the destination. Wait for installation to finish. After you are in Windows® XP, download and install Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0, after you finish with that installation download and install EasyBCD (version 1.7.2 or newer) and launch it. EasyBCD will find the Bootloader on the Windows® Vista partition, and you have to edit it. Go to the "Add/Remove Entries" tab. The Windows Vista® Bootloader will have only one option to choose from. In the "Add an Entry" part, modify the drive in the dropdown menu from C: to E:., after that modify Type to "Windows® NT/2k/XP/2k3", and the name to "Microsoft® Windows® XP". When you’re done with it, click "Add Entry" and then "Save". After that is done go to the "Manage Bootloader" tab. Check if "Reinstall the Windows Vista® Bootloader" is selected and click "Write MBR" and reboot the system.
Windows Vista® Dual Boot with Windows® XP while Windows® XP being installed first
In this case the first step is identical as with the previous case. Use GParted to set a partition for Windows® Vista. When you’re done with it, install Windows® Vista. During the installation you’ll be asked to choose which partition to use for Windows® Vista, choose an unallocated space partition. After that wait for installation to be finish. When that is done, reboot and you’ll see an option to boot Windows Vista® or earlier versions of Windows®.
The important thing to consider before configuring a dual boot is to back up all of the data that you need. In case you just purchased the computer and you didn’t have a chance to download music or movies on to it then it won’t be necessary to make a backup and there shouldn’t be any issues with the installation.