First of all one cannot install XP after Vista for a dual boot setup because with any dual boot the operating systems have to be installed progressively, I.E. 98,ME,XP,VISTA in that order. You will need to enter the BIOS and set the optical drive as first boot. Hopefully you can still use the Vista recover CD to boot with and do a repair install of vista but at this point you may have to reformat and start all over again. Someone else may have a better option.
My laptop came with Vista preinstalled. I have no Vista CD, except for a recovery CD.
I wanted to install a dual-boot to use Windows XP as well.
My partitions were C: with Vista installed on it, D: with random data on it and E: being my CD/DVD reader. I created a new partition labelled F: using the integrated partition manager within Vista.
I then booted my computer with a Windows XP installation CD. I ran the installation normally (select a partition, then the installation program formats F - or so I thought). At that point, the installation program is supposed to reboot the computer and continue installation.
That's where it get complicated
No Vista boot, no XP installation program.
And my CD reader does not seem to work anymore. I cant boot from a CD...
I believe there was a messup with the partition labels...
What should I do !?!?!?