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Dual Boot with preinstalled Vista RRS feed

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  • I cannot figure this one out.  I have an Hp desktop and cannot get the XP to boot from disk.  I have tried partitioning the unallocated space and formatting it too.  I do not have the Vista cd, only the recovery disk and I am afraid of clean installing XP using only the XP oem and Vista recovery (i don't think the recovery disk actually installs Vista).  How can I get my XP onto my Hp?? 
    Wednesday, October 8, 2008 5:07 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    You should confirm if Windows XP is supported by your computer first. Many computers preinstalled with Windows Vista do not support Windows XP now.

     

    If it supports Windows XP, please note after installing Windows XP on another computer, Windows Vista will not boot. You may refer to the following article to resolve this issue.

     

    Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529/en-us

     

    If you would like to discard Windows Vista, you can format the entire drive and perform a Clean Install of Windows XP.

     

    please visit the following links to look through the whole process of reinstalling Windows XP.

     

    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxphome/installxpcdoldhdd/index.htm

    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxppro/installxpcdoldhdd/indexfullpage.htm

     

    Before formatting the drive, I strongly recommend contacting HP for more information.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Thursday, October 9, 2008 3:11 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    You should confirm if Windows XP is supported by your computer first. Many computers preinstalled with Windows Vista do not support Windows XP now.

     

    If it supports Windows XP, please note after installing Windows XP on another computer, Windows Vista will not boot. You may refer to the following article to resolve this issue.

     

    Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529/en-us

     

    If you would like to discard Windows Vista, you can format the entire drive and perform a Clean Install of Windows XP.

     

    please visit the following links to look through the whole process of reinstalling Windows XP.

     

    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxphome/installxpcdoldhdd/index.htm

    http://www.windowsreinstall.com/winxppro/installxpcdoldhdd/indexfullpage.htm

     

    Before formatting the drive, I strongly recommend contacting HP for more information.

     

    Hope it helps.

     

    Tim Quan - MSFT

     

    Thursday, October 9, 2008 3:11 AM
    Moderator
  • Thank you. very helpful.  i will try again to get this to work

     

     

    Saturday, October 11, 2008 4:15 AM
  • @ Parpaluck:
    Read me, very carefully.  I say that because, while you figured out the bulk of it on your own (very nice, by the way!), there's at least one (likely several) steps that were either omitted, or done out-of-sequence.
    Hopefully, though, you should be able to repair the bootloader for XP, without damaging either install.

    HTH, and, good luck!
    -Chris

    Thursday, December 11, 2008 4:08 AM