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install windows vista rc1 keeping windows xp

by izote / September 7, 2006 1:44 PM PDT

i want install rc1 can you advise me how to install it in a new partition and how to make a new partition, i have the windows xp cd and how to use xp and vista and my same computer. thank you for your help.

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Dual-booting...
by John.Wilkinson / September 8, 2006 1:19 AM PDT

1.) Insert your Windows XP CD and reboot your computer.
2.) During boot, press the designated key to enter your system BIOS.
3.) Change the boot order so that your DVD-ROM is your primary boot device and exit saving changes.
4.) When prompted, press any key to boot from CD.
5.) Perform a clean installation of Windows XP. (When prompted to choose a partition, though, make sure you delete the current partition and create 2 news ones...one for XP and one for Vista. (This is listed as step 10 in the tutorial.)
6.) Finish installing XP.
7.) With XP up and running, remove the XP CD and insert the Vista DVD.
8.) Reboot your computer, and, when prompted, press any key to boot from DVD.
9.) Follow the easy-to-use Vista installer through the process of installing Vista. When prompted where to install it, choose the second partition you created...the one without XP on it.
10.) Complete the installation and get Vista up and running.

Note that this is if you want to install both operating systems from scratch. If XP is already installed then you'll need to use a partitioning tool (such as Partition Magic) to split the drive in two, perform step #2, then skip to step #7.

Hope this helps,
John

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