Windows 10: Installing Windows XP alongside Windows 10 via VHD

  1.    15 May 2016 #1

    Installing Windows Vista alongside Windows 10 via VHD

    Hi everyone,

    I have a Dell 3531 Laptop currently running Windows 10,

    I'd like to install Windows Vista on a VHD so I can dual boot Windows 10 and Vista. I've tried it a few times but I can't figure it out. I was wondering if anyone could help me on how to do it, or if it is even possible to do.

    I know it may sound a little weird that I want to dual boot windows 10 with such an older version of windows, but I have my reasons!!!

    Last edited by Gabe0014; 15 May 2016 at 19:42.
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  2.    15 May 2016 #2

    I don't believe that Vista supports Native VHD Boot:
    Understanding Virtual Hard Disks with Native Boot
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       16 May 2016 #3

    kebero said: View Post
    I don't believe that Vista supports Native VHD Boot:
    Understanding Virtual Hard Disks with Native Boot

    All Windows Vista and later versions and editions support booting another OS from VHD, but the Windows version and edition you install to a VHD must be one of the following:
    • Windows 7: Ultimate or Enterprise
    • Windows 8 / 8.1: Pro or Enterprise
    • Windows 10: Pro, Education or Enterprsise

    In addition Windows Server 2008 R2 and later editions can be booted from a VHD.

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