View Full Version : Dual boot XP and Vista, with Vista first... possible?

03-22-08, 10:56 PM
Hi there
I hope it is, because I don't want to have to format the PC to go back to XP and keep vista too.

03-23-08, 01:36 AM
I think its possible & thats what i'm having already.
you might just need to change something in the boot.ini command line or something like that ..

03-23-08, 05:06 AM
It's easy, just install Vista & XP to diff hdd drives, at startup you get a menu asking which op sys you want to boot into. or select primary boot drive from your bios menu.

03-23-08, 05:30 AM
I have a feeling he has Vista installed and wants to install XP now. Will the boot manager from XP recognize Vista ?

03-23-08, 08:43 AM
Yeah, it is possible.. if u have XP now and want to install Vista, install Vista in another partition or better another hdd.
Doing so, you will have both OSes at boot to choose from..
Now, if u have Vista installed and you want XP, then install XP in another partition or hdd. you will lose your option to boot into Vista but that can be easily fixed.. check those links:

03-23-08, 10:43 AM
Vista Boot Pro (http://www.vistabootpro.org/) is a great free tool to 'fix' boot issues with a dual-boot setup. You can install it on XP or Vista or both.

03-24-08, 08:29 AM
Lol got it. I already have Vista x64 Installed

Installed XP in another partition (I onluy have one hdd, otherwise, dual boot would be obvious)
Used Vistas DVD to repair the boot sector
Use the program in the post above to make Vista recognize XP

No, XP's boot manager won't recognize Vista.

03-24-08, 09:28 AM
When I had dual boot it installed fine on the same drive. Just install XP after Vista.

03-25-08, 04:28 AM
Well, it's quite easy.
I have on same HD installed (laptop): Win Vista, Mac OS X and Linux. I had Vista installed 1st, and now I use Vista boot manager to boot any OS.
On my main PC I have done same way to have Win Vista/XP/Mac OS X.

Since you have Vista and want to add XP, easiest way to do it is this:
1) You have Vista installed
2) Install XP. This will overwrite Vista bootloader, so only XP works.
3) Insert Vista DVD, and boot from it. Use 'repair' option, and 'repair boot volume'. This will fix boot, so you can boot back to Vista.
4) Since you can now boot back to Vista, and not to XP, get EasyBCD software, and install it. With it you can easily add Windows XP as 2nd option to boot (or many other OS's too).
5) Voila.. you have dual-boot Vista and XP :)