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    Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    Greetings all,
    Sorry in advance for the "Noob" question, but what is the point of having two operating systems (that are similar) Vista and XP on the same PC? Is there some advantage? Seems to me to do nothing but cause potential problems and confusion. What am i missing here? Regards
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    Re: Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    For an 'ordinary' user, there's no need to have two operating systems. But software developers have to test their programs on different platforms, to see if and how they work. And some people like to experiment just for the fun of it.

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    Re: Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    Hans,
    Thanks for the reply, don't consider myself "ordinary" just "ornery" On another subject did something change forum wise ? Don't seem to be getting any "E" mail responses from the postings? Regards
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    Re: Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    > did something change forum wise

    Yes, we moved to a new server - please see <!post=Teething troubles!,751839>Teething troubles!<!/post>.

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    Re: Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    If you have a gazillion-dollar suite from an outfit like Adobe that does exactly what you want it to do under XP but that is not compatible with Vista, then having both systems available to you on the same computer may be more cost-effective than upgrading to the Vista-compatible version of the suite. If you have legacy peripherals for which there are no Vista drivers then the same may apply.

    The question interests me as well.

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    Re: Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    Hi PlainFred,
    I dual boot XP and Vista. I have a very smooth running XP system and when I received the "freebie copy" of Vista Ultimate from MS back around May '08, I didn't want to blow away my XP dependable workhorse, in favor of a brand new OS that I didn't know much about.
    You can't believe the number of times that I thankfully did that. I initially had big problems with Vista and it's "ultra security features". All during this time, I could always fall back and boot to good 'ole XP, while I recovered my temper and when cooled down a bit, go back to the good fight with Vista.
    I STILL have the dual boot OS on my new system box and intend to keep it that way for as long as possible. It's great to switch back and forth between the OSs and know that at least one is standing by for me.

    Problems? They are two completely separate and distinct systems and have very little interaction between them. Kind of like having two cars in the garage and having the ability to pick which one to drive and still have a backup if the other is in for repairs.
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    Re: Dual Boot? (Vista Home Premium)

    Bob, peterg,
    Thank you for your clarification! Regards
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