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15th December 2004

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#1 13 years ago

I just got a new computer that has Vista Home installed on it. I was wondering if it would be possible to take the XP Pro disc that I got with my old Dell and install XP Pro onto to my new computer.


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14th August 2004

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#2 13 years ago

Yes its possible, and not that hard. But you'll need to partition your HD and use Dual-Boot. This should help Dual Boot: Dual boot Windows XP on a pre-installed Vista PC - Lifehacker

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14th August 2007

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#3 13 years ago

I have tried but never have gotten it to work.


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#4 13 years ago
Johnny Bravo;3860294I have tried but never have gotten it to work.

You have to install it from start up, not from within Vista. Press F8 to get startup options and select your cd/dvd drive. If you can't make that work, you can usually get into the bios and set the cd drive to your 1st boot device and force it.

As for the partition, if you have a second HDD, that will work as well. I prefer a physically separate drive for dual boot, but that's just me and my hatred of partitions.

btw - If it's a Dell oem XP disc, it's likely tied to your old pc and won't install on any other pc. That may also be your problem. I would imagine it would say so if you load it at start up.