Dual boot possible on a NT PC

Dual boot possible on a NT PC

Post by Alber » Wed, 12 May 2004 04:31:20

I bought twoyears ago a second hand laptop PIII with NT 4.0
It works fine, no problem at all.
But now I've a digital camera and want to connect it on the PC.
Of course the camera has only an USB connector but the NT doesn't recognize
So my question is: is it possible to make this PC dual boot with a partition
NT and a partition with Windows XP ?


Dual boot possible on a NT PC

Post by Tobias Sas » Wed, 12 May 2004 05:59:12

Usually that shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you have an unused
partition large enough to keep an XP system. Also make sure you have
backup copies of all important documents on your laptop. Then install XP
to the unused partition. It should extend the boot related files and
information on C: automatically and provide an OS selection menu each
time the computer is booting.



Dual boot possible on a NT PC

Post by Tom Sau » Wed, 12 May 2004 06:12:19


Firstly, there are a few NT USB drivers available and they do seem to work.
Drop me an email and I'll dig one out for you if you want to try it.[1] So
far it's been well tested on Dell Latitude systems and seems perfectly okay
with zip drives, memory sticks and all-in-one printers. Cameras should be
okay as well as they work as mass-storage devices, the same as USB memory

For dual-booting with XP, you need at least Service Pack 4(IIRC) and
preferably SP6a. Next, you need a good 1.5GB of space on an uncompressed
drive. Install XP in a separate directory to NT. My personal preference
here would be to reduce the size of your NT partition with the partition
manager of your choice[1], create a new partition and install XP in that.
Just remember that *most* programs installed on one OS will need to be
installed on the other if you want to use them both with NT and XP.

[1] Insert all the usual "FFS, Backup first!" disclaimers here