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CAN XP-PRO-32BIT BE ADDED AS 2ND OS TO VISTA 64-BIT

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  • Started 7 years ago by davidplotkin
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davidplotkin
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Machine: HP 6500t with Vista Ultimate 64-bit.
Task: create 2nd bootable OS of XP-32-bit.
I have a separate external hard drive I can use to house the 2nd OS, or I can do it on space on the original hard drive.

Questions:
1) Can these 2 operate on the same laptop? (I have seen the How-To Guides for instructions).
2) How do I get hardware drivers to work with the 32-bit XP?

Posted 7 years ago
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mysticgeek
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I am thinking you will need separate drivers for the XP partition.

Posted 7 years ago
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jd2066
jd2066
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0) You may have to use the original hard drive as usually you can't install and run Windows off of an external drive (Assuming it's USB or Firewire, I have no idea about eSATA drives).

1) They should. I can't think of any reason it wouldn't work on a Laptop if it works fine on a Desktop.
I have only done on a XP/Vista dualboot on a desktop though so I can't be 100% on that.
If you are installing XP 2nd you will need to fix the boot loader so both will work using a guide like this one.
2) You can look on HP's driver page at http://welcome.hp.com/country/.....ay=drivers to see if there are XP Drivers available for your model laptop.

Edit: I just found the thread http://www.howtogeek.com/forum.....-hp-laptop.
It appears you may have problems even if you install XP on your original hard drive.
That thread has instructions on making a custom XP disk with the hard drive drivers on if needed.

Posted 6 years ago
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davidplotkin
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Thanks - I appreciate the help. HP Phone Help today directed me to all their pages for xp drivers for my model.
The How-To Guide looks pretty good.

Posted 6 years ago
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