How to create a dual boot with Vista installed on my Satellite U400?


I just bought a U400 - 17 H with vista installed on the HARD drive. I would like to create a dual boot with XP Pro.

I have only a drive HARD aleady with 2 partitions (1 for vista) + 1 for data.
I want to cut the partition vista in two 2 pieces to install XP Pro.
At the end I'll have 3 partitions 1 vista (65 MB), 1 xp (65 MB) and 1 data (125 MB).

Is it easily to create a new partition ok (I guess only on vista)
but is there a program dedicated to install another OS and create a dual boot.

Please help me because I like many things the other way around. I'm sure it's possible, but what are the right process to have at the end of two BONES and the choice at the start of the laptop

Thank you



Create a new partition for Windows XP and install it. There is no problem.

After that, you need to restore the Windows Vista boot loader. You can do this with EasyBCD. Install and start the program.
Go to the tab "Add/Remove entries". You will see that there is only one option available in the bootloader of Vista at the moment. In the "Add an entry" section, replace the drive in the menu drop-down of C:\ E:\. Change Type "Windows NT / 2 k/XP / 2 k 3" and the name of "Microsoft Windows XP". Then click on 'Add an entry' and 'save '.
Then go to the "Manage Bootloader" tab make sure "Reinstall the Vista Bootloader" is selected, then click on "write the MBR.

Now you can restart the laptop and you should have a full system dual boot to work.

Good bye

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