Another Total Beginner Guide: "Install Vista with XP" on the same disk

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  1. admsupport

    admsupport Registered Member

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    I would like to install Vista on a second primary partition. XP is already installed. I have read MudCrab's guide, but I would like to know if I can do it in a simple manner using only ADD and OSS. Also I am less than clear about the purpose of hiding a partitions, when I have to do it, as to when mark a partition active o_O

    So far I would try this way, not knowing if the steps are correct and in the right order:

    1. Create an empty booting and system partition for Vista (as explained by k0lo in the other beginner guide)
    2. Use OSS selector to hide the XP partition "C:\" and set Active either the Vista boot partition (?) either the Vista system partition (?)
    3. Switch off
    4. Boot from the Vista DVD and install Vista on the boot partition, then install the rest of Vista on the system partition.
    Finish!
    5. After that I can either boot from XP or from Vista, but I will always have to hid the un-used OS beforehand, and mark sure the system I want to use is active in the OSS window

    How far I am from a total mess-up?
     
  2. MudCrab

    MudCrab Imaging Specialist

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    You're close. Here is a link to a thread you might want to read.

    I would do the following:
    1. Install OSS and make sure it's working okay with XP.
    2. Deactivate OSS (don't uninstall it) and select XP as the default OS.
    Proceed with the Vista installation:
    1. Create your Vista booting and system partitions.
    2. Set the Vista booting partition as Active.
    3. Set the XP partition as Hidden.
    4. Leave the Vista system partition unhidden.
    5. Boot to the Vista DVD and install Vista, selecting the system partition as the destination (Vista will automatically install its booting files into the Active partition).
    6. Finish the installation and make sure Vista boots and runs okay.
    Setup Vista in OSS:
    1. Reactivate OSS. You can do this by installing DD/OSS in Vista or by booting to the DD CD and selecting the appropriate menu option.
    2. OSS should find Vista as this is a normal installation and add it to the menu.
    3. You can now edit XP's menu entry to hide the Vista partitions and edit Vista's menu entry to hide XP's partition.
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    If you don't install and use OSS, you can switch between XP and Vista manually by booting to DD and setting the partition Active for the OS you want to boot. For XP, you'd set the XP partition Active. For Vista, you'd set the Vista booting partition Active. If you are hiding the OS partitions from each other, you also need to make those changes.
     
  3. admsupport

    admsupport Registered Member

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    Oh! thank you, I can do it the eyes closed :) now

    Since the result will be the same, what are the effective differences using this guide (Using ADD) or your guide:

    Does your guide offer a more reliable (or definitive) way to have both XP and Vista on different partitions?
     
  4. MudCrab

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    If you install Windows so that each Windows is completely on its own partition (isolated installs), then you won't need to use the Separation Guide. That guide is for people who have installed XP and then Vista and have them both booting from the XP partition (the default Microsoft uses).
     
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