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Timothy358
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Registered: ‎03-13-2008
Location: East Coast, America
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Just Received my Y710 Ideapad (2.5 ghz, 500 hd, 3 gig ram)

This pc is a very nice one, I only have two quick questions,,  I would like to make this a pc with dual boot, XP-Pro, 
Vista  Home Advanced)  (also was wondering it it is worth upgrading to Vista Ultimate.)
 
Secondly I have checked the Lenovo website and only found the Vista drivers for  the devices (no XP drivers)
 
 
Anyone have any ideas where I can get a simple dual boot script.
 
Your assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
 
Thanks,
 
Tim
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Re: Just Received my Y710 Ideapad (2.5 ghz, 500 hd, 3 gig ram)

You don't need any boot script - there is an easier way.
You must install XP (boot sector of HDD with Vista boot loader will be replaced with the XP one). Now you're unable to boot Vista, but can boot XP. After installing and  tuning up your XP you must boot from Vista DVD and choose a repair option to write Vista's boot sector on HDD again. After this you will be able to boot Vista, but will not be able to boot XP.
Next step is to write in "boot.ini" the path to your XP directory in the same way as path to Vista is written there - use it as template. 
 
It's much better for you to install XP on non-Vista partition.
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e-man
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Re: Just Received my Y710 Ideapad (2.5 ghz, 500 hd, 3 gig ram)

3gig of ram? nice...  Where did you get package offering 3gig of ram?
wernst
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Re: Just Received my Y710 Ideapad (2.5 ghz, 500 hd, 3 gig ram)

There is a MUCH easier way.

Make a new partition for XP with something like Gparted.

Then install XP. The system then boots to XP with no apparent way to boot into Vista again.

Install VistaBootPro within XP and follow its directions...

It will add the Vista boot menu back into your system.

VistaBootPro is a free program available at http://www.vistabootpro.org/

-Warr

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