Dual booting vista and xp vista already installed.

By thecheat644
Feb 21, 2008
  1. how do i go about doing this and i am using a copy of xp that was previously on another computer but that computer is now dead and dissassembled will windows xp activate. If its not a good idea to dual boot them what is a safe ram configuaration for 1gb ram dual core on virtual pc.
  2. thecheat644

    thecheat644 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    was also thinking about throwing ubuntu on there.
  3. thecheat644

    thecheat644 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i have heard from a few people that xp must be installed first is this true.
  4. mickzer

    mickzer TS Rookie Posts: 101

  5. AlbertLionheart

    AlbertLionheart TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,026

    The simple rule is that you have to install the oldest operating system first.
  6. k.jacko

    k.jacko TS Rookie Posts: 493

    OR.......put another hdd in and install xp on that.
    That's what i've done. At startup i hit f11 and choose which hdd to boot from, but by default it would boot into vista.
    Its a lot cleaner to do it this way too.
    As regards xp activation then of course it will need to be re-activated if it was installed on a different pc with different hardware. If its oem then you're breaking the EULA you naughty naughty user!
    Also, what do you mean by safe ram configuration?
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