Dual-Boot Vista and XP or …?

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 16 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

I recently had a question asked of me. Here are the basics:

Needed a new laptop for school.
Laptop came with Windows Vista, but need Windows XP to run Application X (inability to do this is a show stopper)

There are really three options here:

  1. Buy the laptop with XP installed. Yes, you can still do this with many companies (including Dell).
  2. If don’t need Vista, just run XP by itself.
  3. If you already have Vista on your machine and want to install XP on it, setup a dual boot: Lifehacker links to ProNetworks which has a step-by-step guide. Either way, you’ll need to get copy of VistaBootPro (which is free!)