Is there an install Dual boot cookbook
Posted on 2008-10-24
Here is my current system and my problem:
Dell XPS 600 32 bit Windows XP Pro,
Raptor 160GB 10k RPM HD,
...... C partition On Raptor has OS and 9GB left free
.......D partition on Raptor has data and 29GB left free
Maxtor 250GB 7500 RPM HD,
.......Not being used so basically entire drive free space.
Nvidia 6800 Gt driving 1 monitor
Nvidia 7800 Gt Driving 2 monitors
Because I have a 32 bit system, my particular Dell 600 can only use 2GB of ram. This was confirmed today by Dell Tech Support. (Thanks Michael for using a chipset like you did).
I run very heavy graphics programs (PhotoShop, Indesign, Illustrator, etc.)
I want to bump up the Ram significantly. I do not want to spend $1500 or so (more?) on a new machine.
I want to keep the 32 bit Windows Xp system (dont know why but I am hesitant to delete it).
So, I want to install a 64 bit Vista (I guess I have to use Vista), op system as a dual boot.
Q1 (finally). Is this hard to do?
Q2 Where can I find out how to do it?
Q3 With only 9GB left on my Raptor 10k, is there a problem installing it to the virtually unused Maxtor 7500 rpm hard drive?
Q4 I have seen Gary Cases (and others) comments about using BootitNG. How would I do this for this Dual boot system? BTW... how you doing Gary? Long time no talk. Hope all is well.
Q5 I have seen to use 3rd party to install the Dual boot. If so, Which 3rd party?
Q6. Given I have a Dell, should I buy the Vista from Dell (and probably get gouged?
Thats all I can think of now, so I am going to post this. But there may be subsequent questions forthcoming.