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Dualboot issue

By karthik666
Mar 28, 2007
  1. I have a windows2003 server installed on Drive C. I would like to install Windows XP Home on drive D. What is that I should consider before installing the second OS?
    thanx in advance
     
  2. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    Why do you want to do this would be my number one consideration. Its not hard to do, I recently installed XP Pro on a older model laptop as a duel boot with windows 2000. I did this only due to some software that was ONLY compatible with XP. Another consideration for me was, does the hardware meet specs to run XP smoothly. Adding additional RAM done the trick.

    Also, there is no need to ask the same question in two different posts. Ask once, sooner or later someone around here is bound to help you. Welcome to Techspot!!! :)
     
  3. karthik666

    karthik666 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Will the master boot record be edited and I no longer be able to boot my first OS i.e Windows 2003 Server? Thanx again
     
  4. karthik666

    karthik666 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I think I have enough RAM (512MB) to support a dualboot
     
  5. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    I didn't. At boot up you should be able to pick which OS you want to boot into. If I do not chose XP within 10 seconds it will automatically timeout and boot into 2000.
     
  6. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    You may have to repair your 2003 installation. The reason halo71 didn't have to is because XP came after 2000. Microsoft has allowed newer OS to be installed in dual boot after an earlier OS is on, but it doesn't go as smoothly when you are putting an older OS on after a newer one.
     
  7. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    SNGX, so I will have problems as well when I try to add XP Pro to a Vista Home Premium laptop as duel boot?
     
  8. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Likely, they don't even use the same bootloader. This could help ease the pain though.
     
  9. halo71

    halo71 TS Rookie Posts: 1,090

    SNGX, as always thanks for the information. Didn't mean to hijack this thread.
     
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