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Hi, I am running Win 2003 server on my laptop.   I want to install another OS (Win XP Pro)  on it.

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Hi, I am running Win 2003 server on my laptop.   I want to install another OS (Win XP Pro)  on it.  Can someone tell me what is the drawback using the standard install method.  Should I use Partition Magic? My goal is to run the two operating systems independent of each other.  Step by step guide would be helpful. Thx
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In theory, you can install them together - just make sure you don't install XP to C:\WINDOWS or you'll destroy the 2003 install.  I have seen people suggest doing this CAN have adverse effects on a few applications, so you would probably be better off partitioning the hard drive (you can use Ranish Partition Manager from http://www.ranish.com/part/). Setup two partitions, one for each OS.  Note, you will have to install applications seperately to each OS you want to use it on.

After that, it should be pretty simple.  XP will modify the boot.ini file and include itself, also setting itself to default.  You can adjust this with the system control panel or by manually editing the boot.ini file in c:\
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Thx Leew, I thought I can create partitions before I choose to update or fresh new install.  Why and when I should use Ranish Partition Manager. Thx
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If you want to start from scratch and reinstall 2003 Server, then you can partition the disk at the you install the first OS.  If you don't want to destroy your existing installation, then you would use Ranish to create another partition for installing XP to.  Again, I would expect you can get away with installing both on the C:\ drive, provided you install XP to something like C:\WINXP instead of C:\WINDOWS, but to be REALLY safe and know everything will work and if it doesn't, you'll know it's not because of a dual boot situation.
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