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Set up dual boot system Vista & XP

by simonjb51 / May 28, 2009 6:47 AM PDT

I've just bought an ACER aspire (4gb ram) which runs vista fine. However my printer is not supported in vista. rather than replace the printer I'd like to try setting up a dual boot system. Or i could just format the drive and go for XP (however XP won't access the 4GB ram).
All the tutorials/guides state that I need the Vista installation disk. The problem is that there was no installation disk with the laptop. Does anyone know of a step by step guide I can follow that doesn't require the installation disk?

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by jeff_windows_team / May 29, 2009 1:22 AM PDT
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Quick tips...
by John.Wilkinson / May 29, 2009 1:27 PM PDT

-> You do not need to Windows Vista DVD to install Windows XP, but you will need it if you ever need to repair/reinstall Windows Vista.

-> New computers require you to burn your own system recovery DVDs to save costs; instructions should be provided in the owner's manual.

-> To setup a dual-boot, you need to split the current Windows Vista partition using an application such as GParted, install Windows XP, and then repair the Windows Boot Manager to restore Windows Vista's bootability.

Hope this helps,

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HP 5110 considered obsolete
by simonjb51 / May 29, 2009 6:32 PM PDT
In reply to: Quick tips...

John, I have checked the MS site and with HP - both confirm that no drivers are available. Thanks for the pointer on dual boot. It looks like that's the only solution.

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