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Vista is Full of BS!…

I thought by operating in Vista , I can use all latest software and can update from Microsoft. Remember my slogan : Update, Hi Tech, Sosphiscated. 🙂 Just kidding

Well, problem arise when my principle asked me to install XP because their software is not compatible with Vista. I need the software to test and to check all vessel equipment to interface with our hardware.

In fact, my principle from France keep saying Vista is BS haha. I have to admit that Vista security is quite annoying and Vista theme tend to make your PC hang.

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So I started to Google for how to create dual booting system in my Dell Inspiron. Remember, Internet is the best teacher. Anyway I took 3 days to install XP on my preinstalled Vista. With lack of sleep and food haha.

It’s not that hard, it just messy. You have to know the right step. I need my Vista because it is original software and need the update.That’s all. I don’t want to rely only on one OS and pirate hehe.

Installation Preparation

1. Get yourself a Windows XP that boot from CD

2. Software to create dual booting from both XP and Vista.”VistaBootPro”download the free version from SoftPedia.

3. Recovery CD drivers for hardware and device on your laptop

3. Your laptop of course, well mine is DELL Inspiron 1420

Install Windows XP

1. You have to create partition in your hard drive . The easiest way is to use Shrink Volume feature in Vista. So you can create and format the new partition.

Where to find the Shrink tools ? Just open the computer management panel or under Administrative tools or just right click the computer icon on the start menu and choose manage.

Click the Disk Management item on the list.

computer management

You will see your hardisk drive and recovery partition. In my case for DELL laptop, the hard disk is divided into 4 partition. The problem is that Vista only allow 4 partition. So I have to delete one partition.

Choose your main hard disk, and click right to choose Shrink Volume.


What ever you do, just don’t choose default value for shrink, in my case I only use 12 Gig just enough.

2. To make our reformat and configure the hard disk drive more efficiently, I would like to advise to change the Drive Letter.


Change the drive letter for your optical drive from D to E. If you have already Recovery partition, then just change your CD drive to F. So that your new XP partition will take the letter D or E. Just make sure you know what is the letter assign for your new XP partition. That’s all.

After you create the new partition, click the New Simple Volume to format the storage to NTFS. Just follow the wizard and remember your assign drive letter.After than REBOOT!


3. After restart, you can rename your new drive to XP and main drive to Vista. So that you can distinguish clearly in DOS environment.

So now you are ready to boot your laptop from XP cd. But first you have to disable your SATA drive in your BIOS setting. This step is important to enable your computer to recognise all the drives.

Then insert your XP Bootable CD and restart your laptop. Press F 12 to choose boot from CD (depend on your laptop configuration,on which button to press to configure boot setting).

4. Install XP on your XP drive. From the screen you can clearly select XP drive to install Windows XP.


After successfully install XP, you need to install all the device driver from your Recovery CD. Just make sure all the driver are for Windows XP. Or you can download from your laptop manufacturer website.

Create Dual Boot OS interface

1. After install Windows XP and all device/hardware driver, you will not able to boot into Vista.So we have to use VistaBootPro to load back the Vista

You can download here the free version. Make sure you have install .Net 2.0 framework to use this software.

Open up VistaBootPRO and then click on the System Bootloader tab. Check the “Windows Vista Bootloader” and then “All Drives” radio buttons, and then click on the Install Bootloader button.


You have successfully installed Vista boot loader, now we need to create for XP. Click the “Diagnostics” and run diagnostic.


This will scan your computer and then automatically fill in the XP version.. click on the “Manage OS Entries” tab and then click in the text box for Rename OS Entry, and name it what ever you want, as long as XP is there.

Make sure you set the boot drive for XP at C/D. Check carefully, if not you will not able to load XP.


Click Apply updates.

2. Critical step :

If you get an error saying “unable to find ntldr” when trying to boot XP, you’ll need to do the following:

  • Find the hidden files ntldr and in the root of your Vista drive and copy them to the root of your XP drive. Like this: C:/ntldr and C:/
  • If you can’t find the files there, you can find them in the \i386\ folder on your XP install cd

Wallla now you have succesfully installed XP on your Vista and have two OS in your laptop.


Hope you all like me, it works : )