How to Dual Boot when Downloading XP

#1
Hey

Ive seen lots of guides about creating a dual boot system when you have the XP CD but I can download XP from my College IT Services straight onto my laptop without the need for any CDs.

Any ideas how I'd go about making a dual boot system from there, without a CD to boot from?

Thanks for your time!
 

JustinW

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#3
You could try mounting the iso archive as well using tools such as virtural clonedrive and attempting to install it from within your current OS selecting a different partition for the installation seeing as you don't want to create a CD according to your post, but I doubt that'll work (didn't work with server 08 anyway). Your best bet is burning a CD as Alex suggests.
 
#4
Okay thanks for that. I dont mind having to burn XP onto a disk.

I've a relatively new HP laptop with Vista pre-installed obviously but was just wandering how the DUAL BOOT works and if XP is compatible with my laptop. Will I be given the option which OS i want to use on every start up?

Also what guide is the best to follow when it comes to simplifying the whole operation?

Thanks again.
 

JustinW

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#5
XP's as compatiable as there are drivers for your hardware. With a lot of these newer models, OEM's are not including XP drivers making it harder to get everything working.
 

Terry60

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#6
This is about as comprehensive as you'll find in blow by blow dual booting instructions.
I used the XP after Vista version as a guide, one part of which was "Get EasyBCD", which is how I ended up here.