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    Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    Can someone provided a link for guide to install WinXP as dual boot on Vista (x64) computer. Computer is HP Pavilion 9300 (HDX) with 2x320gb SATA drives. I created a new WinXP partition but it was not recognized when it came time to install WinXP (I assume drivers are needed for the HDD but how are these installed, e.g., installed on the vista partition or the WinXP, and, if latter, how do you do that and which files do I need to install?) Thanks...had to restore Vista as stymied on installing WinXP on partition I created...

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    I did mine the reverse, i.e. installed Vista to dual boot on an existing XP system, so I don't know how "different" the scenario is. The first thing I did was to install VistaBootPRO - Windows Vista Boot Manager. Then I booted with the Vista DVD and installed it on a second drive. Boot Pro lets you choose which one is the "primary"

    I don't know how good this is but here's an alleged tutorial on what YOU want to do. Please backup and proceed carefully:

    How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    Have a look at Guide for installing XP / Win2k after Vista is installed

    You need to READ the FULL thread and understand that SATA drives are NOT supported with the XP CD's and that NOT all OEM's are providing XP drivers for the NEW Vista devices.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    <hr>DaveA wrote:
    and understand that SATA drives are NOT supported with the XP CD's<hr>
    Man, I'm totally perplexed by such statements since I have installed XP on dozens and dozens and dozens of machines which have SATA hard drives and never once had a problem. I've never had to make changes in the BIOS, locate and install drivers, etc., etc. So, what gives? And Dave, I realize YOU aren't the originator of the statement, so my question isn't a challenge to YOU personally. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> I have read on other forums where people have had problems with SATA drives being recognized, but such issues appear to be few and far between and most occurred on "off-the-shelf" machines, e.g., Dell, Gateway, etc.

    Can you elaborate on what the problem is with XP recognizing SATA drives and what course of action one should take should this happen?

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    One of possible solutions:

    Change hard drives boot order in BIOS, making second SATA drive the first one.
    Then install Windows on the first partition of the drive the regular way, leaving another (Vista) drive intact.
    Remember: you have to destroy the existing partition and create a new one by Windows XP! (Partitions created by Vista couldn't be used as system partitions for XP.)

    You can change boot order in BIOS instead of using boot manager; it is slightly less convenient but it works.

    Note: Of course, you cannot use RAID in such configuration; if RAID already installed, break the mirror and use drives independently.

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    The XP CD did NOT come with SATA drivers, as these drives were NOT available at the time of "Release to Manufacturing". So many OEM machines were prebuilt with the SATA drivers, but any Retail of of the shelf OEM CD's were SATA ready.

    If you have done as stated then you have been VERY lucky. Most people trying to put XP on a Vista machine with SATA drives, will get the message such as "No drive found".

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    "XP CD..." like which one? Are you referring to the very first release? If so.... more than likely that's why I haven't run into the problem since for the most part I've used XP SP1, SP2 and SP3 CDs. The original release of XP was when PATA hard drives were in use. If there are still people out there with 7 or 8 year old boxes and are wanting to install the original release of XP, or they are wanting to install the original release of XP on a new machine (dual boot) they need to get with the times... I feel sorry for them. <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    Many people bought their CD's way before SP1. Not only that, the SP1 production CD's did NOT hit the shelfs for a long time, as the OLD stock is sold before the new shipments are shelved. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    They are wanting to install the version that they have, NOT everyone has access to the new production runs. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    i am a little surprised that no one has mentioned running Vista on a virtual drive. Microsoft was giving the thing away (and for all I know they still are) for the very purpose of allowing users to have the equivalent of a dual boot.

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    Re: Install WinXP Dual Boot (Vista Home Premium SP-1)

    Microsoft still appear to be giving it away!

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