XP/Vista Dual Boot partitioning RRS feed

  • Question

  • This has probably already been answered somewhere and I apologize if this is a repeat question.


    I understand that to dual-boot XP & Vista, you must install XP first and then Vista. Does it matter on which partition you install either OS?  i.e.  Can I put XP on c: and Vista on d:?  I thought I read somewhere that Vista has to be on the c: partition but I'm not positive on that. I have a 500Gb HD that I plan on partitioning into at least 3 partitions (100/100/300) with the OS's going on each 100GB partition.


    Can anyone help with this?



    Monday, March 3, 2008 7:46 PM



    Hi lemanzmk,


    You can make three partitions and install Windows XP on drive C and Windows Vista on drive D. However, please remember that you need to install Windows XP first and then install Windows Vista. If installing Windows Vista first, the Windows Vista boot sector will be messed up after Windows XP is installed.


    Hope it helps.


    Tim Quan - MSFT

    Thursday, March 6, 2008 2:16 AM