Dell M6300 - Dual boot Vista Business / XP Pro -- Program files

Posted on 2007-10-08
Last Modified: 2013-11-17
I have recently ordered a new Dell Precision M6300 notebook.  Although it is a high spec machine, see details below, I missed the opportunity to specify XP Pro (i.e. it would hold up the order, a delay which I could not afford).  It will come with Vista Business.

I have a couple of questions:

1/.  It seems generally from what I have read that Vista is slow in comparison with XP Pro and I would like to try and confirm or negate this.  The PC is for work with little/no games requirement but multiple apps constantly opended and swapping between (IE, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Acrobat etc).  Is the high spec of the machine (for a laptop) likely to counter some of the problems I have read with Vista's performance, or will it be in the same boat?  Is Vista business any less flabby than Ultimate or Home?

2/.  If I install XP Pro as a dual boot after I have set up the programs that I need on the PC, will I have to re-install all the same programs, or will XP automatically see and be able to use the programs that I will have put on under the Vista install?  Logic would seem to imply that it would not as I presume it has to store settings in the XP registry, however I think I have seen comments where people have said you do not have to re-install programs in a Vista/XP dual boot scenario.

Dell M6300 Precision
X7900 2.8Ghz Core 2 Extreme
17" WUXGA (1920 x 1200) LCD Screen 1
4.0GB, 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM Memory (2 x 2048MB) 1
200GB (7,200RPM) SATA Hard Drive 1
NVIDIA Quadro FX 1600M Graphics Card

Many thanks.
Question by:Rdysan
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    I have been using Vista business on a laptop and have not encountered any major problems, it is a little slower in some respects but not serverly so. Your laptop is a higher spec than mine so should cope even better - I don't think you will find speed an issue.

    If you do install a dual boot system then XP will have to go on another partition and yes you will need to install all your applications twice - once on each OS. You could however create a seperate third partitoon to stire data so it is easily accessible from both.

    personally I'd sitck with vista - if you must install XP in tandem then see as it you install it incorrectly you may lose the ability to use vista


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    Thanks KTCS

    A further query, if I may.  If the PC comes with Vista, can I straight away add a partition for program files there and then before I add any programs, so it's ready in case I do want to dual boot at a later date?  I have quite a few programs and don't fancy installing them all again!

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    2> If you install XP Pro as a dual boot after setting up all the programs that you need on Vista, you will have to re-install all the same programs on XP.

    In answer to your third query, you would still have to install your programs all over again even if you add a partition for program files. Reason for this is, whenever you install any program, it writes certain keys to the registry of that OS over which you're installing the program, to enable the OS to recognize it.
    So if you install an application on XP (or Vista), the other OS would not be able to recognize it because of this mapping technique that windows uses.

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    Darn!  Foiled by that Gates rotter again!  Thanks to you both for the swift answers.

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