Dual Booting Vista and XP using resue disk


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I have a toshiba Qosmio G20 laptop which came installed with XP PRO SP2.
I have installed Vista Home Premium over XP no problem.
I want to create a second partition and install the XP PRO SP2 on it.
This would mean 2 operating systems on the HDD.
I have read many forums about how to dual boot but I have a question for which I cannot see an answer.
My laptop came with a rescue disk which formats the HDD before installing XP.
Will this disk format all of my HDD or can I set it to just format the new partition then install XP on it, therefore allowing me to dual boot Vista and XP on the 2 partitions.
I really would love some advise please as I have been trying to do this for weeks.
Many Thanks
jtdt [ new member]
^ hello jtdt!

okay i am not the expert here, but i will say this lol :

i dont like having OS preinstalled, and the recovery disk issue is annoying.

from what i think, you should not deleted over XP with vista. you may have to use the rescue disk to bring XP back

because unless you got the actual, full OS install disk for both XP and vista i dont think that this will work at your current set up, am i right CG?


what time zone are you in jtdt anyways?

computer guru and the rest of them are usually on in the morning for me, and not on alot at night for me, its 10:32 for me now, i live in CST (us central) and the rest of the active member it would seem dont live on my side of the atlactic (i know you do Ex_brit lol)


New Member
Hi Kahai, I am fro Australia, it's 2.30pm here
Thanks for your reply but I hope other nice members might reply also
^ im not nice... :frowning: awe... booo lol

they will in a few hours, not anytime soon, its around idk its early still for most of them lol

and its after noon for you lol

its 11:37 for me now i have to go to bed, i have classes tomorrow lol

have a good day :smile:


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Hi jtdt, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies!!

To the best of my knowledge, when you're using a recovery disk you cannot specify the partition or disk layout - it'll reset everything to the way it was when you bought your PC.

You have two options:
Start anew, and install Vista to a different partition.
Get yourself another Windows XP CD.

You're legally allowed to do the other, i.e. borrow a friends, if you use the CD Key that should be stamped on the back (or side) of your computer on a "Sticker of Authenticity" for Windows XP.

Just borrow a normal (non-preinstalled) Windows XP setup CD (or download one), and use the CD Key that came with your PC.

Hope that helps.


Kahai, I'm +3 GMT at the moment... We'll be switching back to +2 in a month's time or so.