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Can I install Windows Vista Business (first version that was released) on partition 2 when XP Pro is already installed on partition 1?

Can I install Windows Vista Business (first version that was released) on partition 2 when XP Pro is already installed on partition 1?

My laptop came preinstalled with Vista Business (first version that was released) but I changed to XP Pro SP2. Before I uninstalled Vista Business I burned two DVDs if I later wanted to use Vista. Now, I have created three partitions on my laptop and have already installed Windows XP Pro SP2 on the first partition.

When I inserted my first Vista-DVD that I burned myself, after loading the files there was a screen saying I now can restore the whole harddrive to factory settings. I didn't click "Next" before that is not exactly what I had in mind: I want to install the OS Vista Business on partition 2 only, not the whole harddrive. So I wonder whether I will be given any option later to install to a certain partition? So that the whole restore process/Vista-installation just gets started and I loose my current XP-installation.
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torimarCommented:
Yes, you can install Vista on a second partition next to XP, and No, you cannot do it the way you are trying to.

You would need a MS Vista installation DVD. What you have got is a Vista recovery or image DVD created with a tool provided by your PC vendor and preconfigured to wipe the HDD and restore the system to factory settings or to the state that it was in when you made that image, with Vista as the only OS.
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Swapnil NirmalCommented:
create a partition with free space on it. use partition magic or other utilities.

This wont require you to take back up and re install xp

installing on same partition both is OS - avoid it even if somehow possible.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
So the two DVDs I burned of Vista Business are not the installation DVDs? Is there any way to download the installation file for Vista Business when I have the product key for Vista? That's the only way for me now, I must get hold of the original installation CD for Vista Business somehow.
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torimarCommented:
I don't think you can download Vista, at least I never heard of this. Chances are even lower now, that MS stopped selling Vista and want everybody to start using 7.
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torimarCommented:
Your best bet would be to contact the original vendor of your PC for an OS install disk.
All the more since chances are high your product key will only be valid for their type of OEM.
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Swapnil NirmalCommented:
yah even 8 is out.

microsoft has already stopped support for vista sp1
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rindiCommented:
You could do a factory recovery using the Vista recovery DVD's you made, then reduce your partition size using the diskmanagement in Vista, or a 3rd party tool like the PartedMagic LiveCD, and then create a new partition in the resulting free space and install XP there. After that boot the PC with Paragon's free Partition Manager Utility, or the free rescue kit, both should have an option that can repair booting options to the Windows 7 type option (which is the same as for Vista). After that you should be able to boot back into the Vista you just recovered. Now Install EasyBCD which is a boot manager so you can choose the OS you want to boot to. You can install that to XP too.

http://partedmagic.com
http://www.paragon-software.com/free/
http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

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Jim-RCommented:
What rindi said makes the most sense.  You can use what resources you presently have and end up with what you wanted to have in your question.

The following information falls under the "Sad but true" category.

If either operating system was an upgrade or downgrade choice offered as part of the original OEM computer, then the operating system that was upgraded from or downgraded to is no longer licensed.  If the computer came with Vista preinstalled with the option to downgrade to XP, then the Vista license is no longer valid when XP is installed and so it goes for the other way around.  Some computers sold with the operating systems preinstalled came with this option for those that did not want Vista.  Some computers came with XP with a free upgrade to Vista.  In either case, only one operating system's license is valid at any time.

Microsoft OEM licenses are only legally valid for the original hardware that the operating system was first installed on.  You are not allowed to transfer the OS to a different computer even if the original hardware no longer works.  Strictly speaking, the OEM license lives and dies with the equipment it came with.  However, one could argue that this is not always the case.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
Jim-R, Yes, "sad but true", as I received the XP Pro because I was dissatisfied with Vista I only have the license for XP now. But I will try one more thing: I bought a cheap OEM-license for Windows XP Pro that is unsealed and have never been used long time ago (in addition to the already existing Windows XP Pro that's now installed on my laptop). I intended to use it for my small netbook but will not do this as I will sell this netbook (too slow to work on: ASUS EeePC 1000He).

So if HP would allow me to change back my Windows XP Pro SP2 to Windows Vista Business, I could use this second Windows XP Pro that I have. But, maybe it's a bit farfetched, because probably they would ask me to return the physical CD-ROM:s to them. Before they could send the physical CD-ROM:s for Windows Vista Business. And that would take too long for me (I live in China and I bought everything in Sweden in Europe).

The cheapest Swedish version of Vista Business I've found cost around 500 USD which feels a bit expensive considering it's an outgoing OS-model. I need Swedish version though, and probably it will be cheaper than Windows 7 (which, if I would purchase it, I would like to have the most extensive business version of).
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

This question has been classified as abandoned and is closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See the recommendation for more details.
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
I would like to award points as follows, and then have this question closed:

torimar 85
n_swapnil 30
torimar 20
torimar 30
n_swapnil 20
rindi 120
noxcho 100
Jim-R 95
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hermesalphaAuthor Commented:
I have objected the deletion of this question with the reason that I want to award points as follows, and then have this question closed:

torimar 85
n_swapnil 30
torimar 20
torimar 30
n_swapnil 20
rindi 120
noxcho 100
Jim-R 95
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