Hi to everyone.
I've followed all yours indication to "how to install xp in a dual boot with pre-installed vista", but it doesn't match.
I've a new pc with vista pre-installed with amd athlon 64 4200 dual core 2.2 Gh, 2x1GB RAM, HDD Sata (sataII) Samsung 400 GB, Video Sapphire ATI Radeon x1300 512 MB
and a MB ASROCK AM2NF6G-VSTA.
So i start with every point step by step of your guide, i've created an unallocated space, shrinking the c: (vista) to 80 GB, after i've changed the drives letters and..
the only changes that i've made is that i haven't leaved all the remaining +/- 300 GB for xp but i've created a ntfs partition of only 25 GB, always using the vista computer
management, and leaved the remaining +/- 275 unallocated.
when i changed the letters of drives i was forced to rename 4 usb drives, so to have c: (vista) ,d: (xp) and the DVD e:, i've changed the usb e:,f:,g:,h:, in f:,g:,h:,i:.
and befor installing xp i've installed vistabootpro in vista and i've creted a backup of the bootloader in c: (vista)
So i've restarted the pc and start to install xp, but after the first reboot the computer after the message "press any key to start from cd...." says "an error occured in loading
the operating system" (this is my english translation from italian, sorry).
So i've tried to install before xp and i've formatted the c: (vista 80 GB) with hiren's boot cd (befor with partition magic 8.05 but it find an error, and after i've used acronis
disk directory 9) and i've succeeded. the installation of xp was ok.
the first time, making mistake, i've formatted the vista partition with ntfs of acronis (i've read that it's not the same of vista) and the second time i've created unallocated
space and formatted with the program in vista dvd, but in this two cases the computer was unable to continue the installation and the xp to start.
it stops when rebooting in the "press any key to start from dvd....". The hard disk was not working and i've leaved the pc for a log time to see if it restart the installation but
in vain, and xp don't start anymore.
So finaly i've formatted again all the 400 gb of the HDD and reinstalled Vista.
So, please if i've done something wrong or if there is another thing to do i pray
to help me. i need xp and i want vista.
Edit by NT50: Changed subject to Resolved