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Topic # 30438 8-Feb-2009 19:34
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I have a Toshiba A135-S4467 running Vista Home, I hate Vista with a passion. It creates all kinds on problems on this Laptop. So.... is it possible to install Win XP onto a Portable hard drive and boot up to this hard drive ? If yes, is it easy to do or would it be best to take to a shop and get them to do it. How much room would XP take up on the HD ? The only reason I want to do it this way is because there is a couple of things in Vista I do like and use, only a couple mind !!. Thanks for any help.

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  Reply # 195157 10-Feb-2009 17:26
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slliwgd: I have a Toshiba A135-S4467 running Vista Home, I hate Vista with a passion. It creates all kinds on problems on this Laptop. So.... is it possible to install Win XP onto a Portable hard drive and boot up to this hard drive ? If yes, is it easy to do or would it be best to take to a shop and get them to do it. How much room would XP take up on the HD ? The only reason I want to do it this way is because there is a couple of things in Vista I do like and use, only a couple mind !!. Thanks for any help.

I would think that it would probably be best to have XP on the internal hard drive so that the PC boots into that by default (that sounds like what you want to use the most) and perhaps install something like Microsoft Virtual PC on XP.(See Virtual PC here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/winfamily/virtualpc/default.mspx)
Virtual PC is free (I think) and lets you fire up another operating system(s) on top of your host operating system, so you could have the PC running XP and have Vista installed in Virtual PC and fire it up (Vista) on demand. Performance would depend on your hardware.
The other option of course is to install Virtual PC on your existing Vista machine and install a copy of XP into Virtual box - But you would still be stuck with Vista (sluggish and heavy) as the primary operating system and then you can run XP within Vista. At least you dont have to blow the whole PC away (like installing XP would be) and I suspect (looking at that PCs specs) you should have enough disk space for either option. 
I suspect that you might not be too techie? So it sounds like you would need help.A fresh install of Vista needs about 20GB of disk space (though its inclined to start creeping up) and XP needs something like 3 or 4GB.If you were running both operating systems you would probably need (guessing) around 512mb of memory for the XP and 1Gb for Vista (ie 1.5GB of memory. (2GB would be better I suspect) and you would need a copy of XP. I'm not sure how you would purchase this now that its effectively gone off the market. DSE were advertising XP home for $230 inc GST - but that is an OEM price - that means you have to buy 'some' hardware along with the CD and key!
Do you have another PC that has 1) the XP CD and 2) and valid key? If so then definitely gave MS Virtual PC a try.





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