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November 25, 2008 9:44 AM Subscribe
How can I dual boot XP and Vista on my Vaio when all I have is the factory recovery Vista disc and a "XP downgrade" disc?
posted by T.D. Strange to technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I want to dual boot XP and Vista on my Vaio laptop. I have the following:
- the Vista recovery discs that I made when I first got the laptop
- An XP "downgrade" disc that I got from Sony
The problem is that both sets of discs go through the Sony recovery console before actually installing the operating system, restoring the system to the factory default setting. There's no chance to stop the process once it gets going, and there's no partitioning options to speak of. Both discs format the entire drive and install the system in one big partition.
I don't own another legit copy of either operating system, and the laptop has enough quirky drivers that it's not really practical to install anythign other than the factory system anyway. Is there any way for me to dual boot both systems?
I know my way around computers and can use tools like nlite, vlite, grub, whatever is needed. Im just not sure where to start.