Running Vista & XP on same system

Can I add Win XP/Pro as a second OS on a system running VISTA?  Has anyone done this? What kind of problems did you have?
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eric1508Commented:
Just download VirtualBox which is a free virtualization software that will allow you to install XP onto a virtual hard drive inside of Vista.  I use it all the time and love it!  Here's a link to the web page:  http://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
Hope this helps, Eric.
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compfixer101Commented:
i've done this at school, but we used 2 different HDD's
and used some boot program.. this way it will boot into one OS by default but you can select the other within a set amount of time to boot that OS instead.

so is it possible, YES IT IS!
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acpangCommented:
Create at least 2 partitions.  Install Windows XP on the first partition.  Then install Vista on the second partition.  Vista should replace the boot loader on the XP partition with it's own Vista boot loader.  The Vista boot loader will create an entry for XP.
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eric1508Commented:
Dual booting like acpang is referring to is certainly a viable option but it just all depends on why you want to have both OS's on the same computer.  My setup is:  Windows XP takes up the whole hard drive as a single boot.  And then I have VirtualBox installed so I can run most any other OS that I choose on a virtual hard drive and therefore am able to run the other OS's inside of XP.  You can of course do this in the opposite order (Vista as main and XP in virtualization).  There are some limitation to the virtualization setup but there are also limitation going the dual boot rout as well.  For one you can't run both at the same time with a dual boot.  And trying to re-install one of the OS's in a dual boot situation can be messy if not done right.  Just make sure that if you try the virtualization scenario you make sure that the main OS (the one not virtually installed) is the one you will do any gaming on (because graphics acceleration is non existant with VirtualBox).  Eric.
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Mark DamenERP System ManagerCommented:
The main reason I can give for wanting to use a dual boot system is to use the new benefits of Vista, but to retain XP as a bootable installation for legacy hardware and apps that will simply not work in Vista.  The option of virtualising XP does not allow for using legacy hardware, because if the hardware worked in vista you wouldnt need to do it at all would you!!

So, dual boot is the way to go forward in many situations.  If XP is installed first, it may be slightly easier because Vista will overwrite the boot files, but still allow XP to boot as well.  If you already have Vista installed, you can install XP second, but there are a couple more steps which you need to perform.

When XP installs, it will overwrite Vista's bootloader, which shouldnt be a major issue.  Let XP complete the install, and then download and install a program called VistaBootPro from here http://www.vistabootpro.org/

This program lets you overwrite the XP boot files with the Vista bootloader, then when you boot back into Vista you can use install and use the program again there to add a boot entry for XP.  (You will also need to copy NTLDR, boot.ini and ntdetect.com from the XP partition to the Vista partition)

Good luck!
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cjh2osAuthor Commented:
I think either solution will work, but for my immediate need I will implement the dual boot solution.  Thanks to everyone that responded.  
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compfixer101Commented:
cjh2os,
what was wrong with my answer?
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cjh2osAuthor Commented:
To compfixer101.  Your answer was ok but not complete.  Specifically the "used some boot program" left further questions, therefore the answer was not complete.  Thanks for your participation/input.

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compfixer101Commented:
but my answer DID answer your questions.
i had to ask my teacher for the name of the program and it we used vistaboot pro, as suggested by others
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compfixer101Commented:
anyway, your welcome, and i am glad you got it figured all out!
until next time- PEACE OUT
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