Hi everybody! I just joined the forums here earlier today and specifically to ask these questions. Around Christmas last year I purchased a laptop with windows Vista Home Premium installed on it. It didn't take long for lack of compatability with many of my favorite applications to drive me over the edge. I didn't want to uninstall Vista (I mean it IS the newest version!) but I couldn't stand not being able to run my apps. Then, when I heard about dual boot I knew that was for me. I have a copy of XP Home and Media Center from two older computers. I would rather not have to partition my hard drive in fear of losing my data and there isa lot of it to have to back up. So, questions:
1. My computer has two hard drives (or at least two show in my computer) does this mean that there are actually two physical drives in the computer or was "C" just partitioned?
2. If I partition my hard drive do I lose all my data?
3. Is there a way to install the next operating system without wiping my hard drive?
4. If I install XP after Vista (Vista is already installed and I don't want to take the risk of having a laptop without an OS) is it very hard to get everythng in order again because I'm told you should install them the other way around.
Thank you all
I can't wait to be able to have the computability of XP and the sleek looks of Vista all in one box!