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Installing windows XP for dual boot on my laptop

by ade2007 / November 29, 2009 6:37 AM PST
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I'm going with no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2009 3:07 AM PST

After watching too many failures I have to answer no. Here's why. Since we can't repair the boot area using the standard procedures (no Vista Retail DVD to boot with) then not only we have that but then the owners find it difficult to ask HP for the drivers and what order to install them.

I'm going with no.

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so what u mean is...
by ade2007 / November 30, 2009 4:50 AM PST
In reply to: I'm going with no.

It's an HP thing?

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Not necessarily.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / November 30, 2009 5:20 AM PST
In reply to: so what u mean is...

It's an OEM thing, OEM where the Operating System is pre-installed on the computer before you get it, and you do not get the original OS CD/DVDs, but instead get a recovery partition or are advised to make your own recovery CD/DVD.

There's two things here. (Bob will correct me if I am wrong).

1] Would this computer accept XP? New systems now may be incompatible with older operating systems. In addition, even if it would, you would need 'specific drivers' for XP from the supplier, (in this case HP), but owners often don't want to contact the supplier/manufacturer to ask for the drivers.

2] In dual boot systems the general rule is, install the older OS first, then the newer. The newer OS sees the older and so amends the boot area.

If you have Vista pre-installed then attempt to install XP as a dual boot, the XP installation will delete the Vista boot area and so you cannot access Vista. That could be repaired by inserting the Vista CD/DVD and letting it repair the boot sector, but pre-installed systems often do not come with the OS CD/DVD. That all supposes that you get past the XP install with all the drivers.


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by ade2007 / November 30, 2009 7:07 AM PST
In reply to: Not necessarily.

Yikes, I might as well just look for a high end XP laptop, thanks.

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Or just install XP.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 30, 2009 7:12 AM PST
In reply to: ok...

Look at this HP dialog ->

Why I lean to no is that we can't install the dual boot. But if you have all the right parts XP SP2 CD, license and did the research and chat with HP then you could be on XP.

However this very moment I'm kicking Vista 64 to the curb in favor of 7 65 bit. No reason to run the really old OS today.

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I see..
by ade2007 / November 30, 2009 7:42 AM PST
In reply to: Or just install XP.

Thanks, Ill just delete the partition i made for the XP install.

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