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The first answer for you, Jay, is yes, you can dual boot two Windows operating systems on one computer. However, there are several ways of accomplishing this, depending on how you want to approach it, as you will read from our members' advice and suggestions to your question. Answers range from using two hard drives, partitions, and using boot managers, all the way to not using a dual boot system but using Microsoft's Virtual PC to emulate the Vista environment using XP. Members have even provided many useful links to other sites that show you step-by-step instructions to get you going on a dual boot system.
But before you get down and dirty to start any of these, the first thing is to make sure that your hardware requirements are up to par and meet the requirements of Vista, because Vista does require a bit more robust hardware requirements, as opposed to what is needed to run XP. Secondly, back up your important data, so there's no need to worry if anything goes wrong.
In the Q&A section I have listed a few featured member answers to get you started. I'm sure by the time you get through all our members' advice, you'll have a good sense of what it takes to dual boot your computer with Vista and XP. Good luck, and have a great weekend everyone!
How do I dual boot my computer to run Windows XP and Vista?
To begin with, I am not totally literate when it comes to
knowing what goes on "inside." I would like to know if it is
possible to partition two different operating systems on the
same computer. I am using Windows XP, but I would like to try
Vista. I have heard good and bad things about it, so I'm
reluctant to dispose of XP unless I'm convinced that I really
like it. Can you please give me some detailed directions as
to how I can accomplish this? Thank you.
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