Is there a way to boot two hard drives at once? 

by on October 14, 2010

Q: Is there a way to boot two hard drives at once?


Is it possible to have a computer that runs both Mac OS X and a Windows OS? 

by on July 19, 2010

Q: Is it possible to have a computer that runs both Mac OS X and a Windows OS?

I have a computer that I installed both windows and Linux so I am pretty good with computers but am wondering if I can get Mac OS X on it as well.


Will I lose all my programs if I delete Windows 7 off my computer that dual boots? 

by on June 8, 2010

Q: My PC starts-up with dual-boot. I have 2 windows 7 operating systems. One for my wife’s games on a second hard-drive & one for my stuff on a different hard-drive. Over six months, I have saved many programs on both hard-drives.In system config, I would like to delete my windows 7 & just use her side. My question is: will I loose all the programs I have saved if I delete the windows 7 ? I don’t want to loose all my other things, just one of the operating system on the dual boot.


How do I install Windows Vista on a separate partition? 

by on April 15, 2010

Q: I have windows 7 on my pc and I want to put vista on a separate partition. How do I do that without loosing all my data and files?


Will two OSes work on the same computer if they are on different hard drives? 

by on March 31, 2010

Q: Will two OSes work on the same computer if they are on different hard drives? For example Windows 7 on one laptop and Windows XP on another?


Is there a way to install Linux on my Windows XP computer without destorying Windows XP? 

by on January 17, 2010

Q: I have a laptop running Windows XP Pro. The laptop has a single large hard drive (the drive is one single large partition). I am interested in learning, and eventually migrating to, some flavor of Linux. Is partitioning software available that would allow me to shrink the size of this single, large partition and create another partition so that I can dual boot between my Windows XP and Linux without destroying my current XP installation ?


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?


How come on boot up I am asked what OS I want to use? 

by on November 30, 2008

Q: I recently formatted my laptop by using the Windows XP Pro CD. I combined the C drive partition with a smaller partition that never showed up in Windows Explorer. Now when I boot up I am asked to choose which OS I want to boot to and both OS’s listed are Windows XP Pro. How can I eliminate this step?


Creating A Dual-Boot For Windows Vista And Windows XP 

by on November 6, 2007

Q: I have recently purchased a laptop and it has Windows Vista. My question is can I install Windows XP Home or XP Professional on this laptop to use like a dual system?

A: The answer to your question is yes. Your best option is to do something called dual-boot. Another option is something called virtualization. A good “virtual machine” that I like to use is called VirtualBox. But it does not yet fully support running other operating systems on top of Vista. So for now, I recommend that you configure your computer for dual booting.

Creating a dual-boot of Vista and XP will almost certainly require a Vista installation DVD. Most of the “factory restore utilities” that ship with computers cannot perform the tasks needed to make a dual-boot of Vista and XP. In the past, Dell has sent Windows installation disks to me for my Dell computers. HP has not always been willing to do so for HP machines. Contact the manufacturer of your laptop for more information. If your factory restore utility is capable of preserving partitions and/or partitioning your hard drive, then you might be able to create a dual-boot of Vista and XP. Otherwise, you will need a Vista installation DVD. If your computer manufacturer is unwilling to provide you with such a DVD, you can purchase one online or at a retail store.

It is actually easier to install XP first and Vista second. However, this will destroy all of the data currently on your computer. The website provides a guide called How to dual-boot Vista with XP – step-by-step guide with screenshots. If you need keep you existing Vista installation for some reason, try the companion article entitled How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) — the step-by-step guide. The instructions below assume that you are installing XP first. I’ve modified this slightly from the guides cited above:

  1. Backup all important data currently on your computer.
  2. Optional — I recommend erasing your hard drive using a special technique known as “writing zeros”, which is more thorough than a normal reformatting procedure. You can use a program called GWSCAN to do this optional step. Otherwise, proceed to step 3.
  3. Use your Windows XP installation disk to partition your hard drive into two sections. This is fairly easy to do. However, you can read Microsoft’s article How to partition and format a hard disk in Windows XP for more information if you run into problems. Consult the subsection entitled “How to partition and format your hard disk by using the Windows XP Setup program”. One of these partitions will be for XP. The other for Vista. Vista requires a minimum of 40GB on your hard drive. Size the partitions accordingly.
  4. Install Windows XP. Do not bother activating XP with Microsoft, as you would probably have to repeat that procedure again in XP after installing Vista.
  5. Do a Custom installation of Vista using the Vista installation DVD. If you are attempting to use the factory restore utility that came with your computer and you do not see the Custom installation option, stop now and acquire a Vista installation DVD before continuing.
  6. Install Vista onto the empty partition.
  7. You can stop here or modify the “bootloader” as described in the tutorial.

Congratulations! You now have XP running as a dual-boot with Windows Vista.