How do I install Windows Vista and Windows XP on the same laptop?

by on July 30, 2009

Q: I have Windows Vista Home Premium installed on my laptop but I want to install Windows XP Professional as well. How would I go about doing this?

9 Responses to “How do I install Windows Vista and Windows XP on the same laptop?”

    Here are some directions from, let us know if you have any questions:


    component of my main problem-
    I want to install xp in my vista laptop.
    I’ve 70 gb unallocated space to create a drive for only xp. but i don’t want to reinstall vista. when i put the bootable xp cd in my pc and hit any key, when it says “press any key to boot from disk” nothing happened and after 1 or 2 mins of blank screen, I see a blue page which says “windows is shut down to prevent and damage to your system………”
    and error is “stop: 0x0000007b (0xf78b2524, 0xc00000034, 0x00000000, 0x00000000)”
    now what to do??


    Okay, if you tried just adding a partition and tossing the xp install disk in, it isn’t going to work.

    Pop the xp disk out, try booting up the machine to make sure everything is still operating normally. Then please go back and read through the directions on the site above. The complete step by setup directions, along with other special software you will need is there.


    with vista its working fine. when i take out the xp cd its working fine when when i try to boot from this cd, its giving that error message.
    i want to install xp in my 4th partition of unallocated 70GB space.
    what that error message indicate?
    whats wrong?
    what to do now?


    Do you have any other operating systems installed, or is this just Vista and 3 other partitions that currently just have data on them?


    Can you also provide the model number of your laptop


    i have vista only.
    and thanks for your time mark. i really appreciate it.


    The 0×0000007b error has to do with Windows being unable to access the hard drive. Usually this is because it needs a driver to access the it.

    Check out the Microsoft KB article and see if anything looks useful to you:

    You might need to also check on your laptop manufacturer’s website for some XP drivers to your harddrive. Possibly for the SATA controller.