Windows is the most popular operating system in the world. Due to the enhanced user interface and simplicity, Windows is used in most of the home user environment across the world. Even the support for the enormous range of devices and huge software compatibility, Windows has been the favorites among the general people. Windows until date has been launched in various flavors. These versions are Windows 3.1, Windows 95, 98, NT, 98SE, 2000, ME, XP, 2003 server, Vista, 2008 server, 7 and upcoming Windows 8. Among all these versions, Windows XP and Vista have been quite popular. So if you intend to keep Windows XP Vista together, then you need to follow a few tips.
When you plan to use Windows XP Vista, you must keep the order of installation in mind. First you need to install Windows XP and then Windows Vista on a separate partition. Always remember that installing Windows XP after Windows Vista will modify the Boot loader in such a way that Vista would not be available as an option. While installing, you need to watch out that either they are installed in separate partitions or they are using different folder for Windows. If this is not the case, then you will face accessibility issues in both the operating system leading to a crash on non-bootable machine in the end. It is therefore advised that either use different partitions or if you have different hard disk drives, install both of them in separate hard disks. You will then also be able to access both Windows XP Vista using bios configuration where you change the boot disk priority.
Using a Windows XP Vista guest host virtual machine: If you only need Windows XP or Windows Vista for specific applications or for testing purposes, you can use one OS as a host and another as a guest OS. For example, if you are more comfortable with Windows XP then keep it as a host, install a virtual machine and then use Windows Vista as the guest OS. This has two advantages. first, you can share the hard drive between the two operating systems without any issues. and secondly, you will never face any booting issues with Windows XP Vista, both running on your system.
If you are tired of using Windows XP or you want to try the new looks and features of Windows Vista then you can upgrade your existing Windows XP to Vista. but remember you cannot downgrade Windows XP Vista.
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Using Windows XP Vista on a pen drive or external drive can be another option. You can choose to install any one of these Operating Systems on an external hard disk drive in order to use both together. Always remember to use original versions because pirated version operating systems will not give you automatic updates and your computer will be at greater risk.
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