questions about vista/XP dual boot

macrobat

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Aug 31, 2006
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I have XP installed on another hd not on the same one as OSX so my quesions are
1. How to create a dual boot with XP/Vista
2. Where do you get the vista key# I know its free but not sure if I need one
3. Do I have to slip stream anything
4. Does Vista work with dual monitors I heard there was some problems with it
 

AnthonyKinyon

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Apr 4, 2006
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macrobat said:
I have XP installed on another hd not on the same one as OSX so my quesions are
1. How to create a dual boot with XP/Vista
2. Where do you get the vista key# I know its free but not sure if I need one
3. Do I have to slip stream anything
4. Does Vista work with dual monitors I heard there was some problems with it
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macrobat

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Aug 31, 2006
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Thanks Anthony
Do I need to do a hack to make a triple boot. Or since I have OSX on another drive and XP on another would I be able to do it with bootcamp
 

AnthonyKinyon

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Apr 4, 2006
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macrobat said:
Thanks Anthony
Do I need to do a hack to make a triple boot. Or since I have OSX on another drive and XP on another would I be able to do it with bootcamp
I have never tried tripple booting on a Mac yet with native OSes (such as XP/ OS X or Vista)

However... I assume that once you are setup for BootCamp - you can simply install XP, followed by Vista, etc. if you partition it manually during the installation of the first Windows OS (for instance, two disk partitions such as C: and D: - let's say one is 20 GB and the other is 25 GB just for arguments' sake). It *should* be possible to install XP let's say on C: and then later run Vista (clean install, not an upgrade) and tell it to install on D: - in theory, OS X would continue working normally and you could simply select which Windows OS you wanted when you selected "Windows" as the startup volume in the "Startup Disk" control panel / system preference tool.

NOTE: I have NOT tried this so please don't take my word as the final answer on this - it is just a theory that seems to be possible to me. :) I do have lots of experience multi-booting Windows (various releases) in the past, though. Also note that in the above setup, it is highly likely that Vista will place a few important files on the C: drive even if XP is on it, however, this should not interfere with XP in any way. Windows typically must have some startup / system files on the C: drive even if it is installed to another partition such as D: or whatever.