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Old 09-21-2007, 11:21 AM
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You have a couple of options.
1. Install XP as stand alone and choose boot OS by choosing which drive to boot to from BIOS boot screen.

2. Run XP in a virtual machine (inside Vista)

3. Install XP as dual boot option. (what you are currently trying to do).

To install XP stand alone. You need 2 hard drives in the machine. The one with Vista installed, and one to install XP. Remove cables from Vista drive, and install XP. After XP is installed and configured, plug all hard drive cables in and boot to either OS by selecting boot order from BIOS or BIOS boot manager.

Microsoft supports XP in virtual machine (you'll want at least 2gb of RAM for this)
Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 Product Information
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I prefer Parallels, but it's not free. Virtual pc, virtual machine and multiple operating system solutions by Parallels, Inc.

Install as Dual boot- Boot Vista, get the drivers you need (not available from HP) but these should work. Your chipset, according to HP website is Intel P965. P5BW-LA in HP Pavillion FullName=Windows*+XP+Professional&lang=eng&strOSs= 44&submit=Go%21
(DON'T install these in Vista. If you need them, you will need to install them in the XP install.)
Insert XP disc (from Vista) you should get and install option, Vista should then install XP as dual boot. (if you need the drivers it would be when xp is booting for the first time)

Good luck!

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