HP 6200N vs Dell Vostro

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by chet, Nov 6, 2007.

  1. chet

    chet Guest

    I am in the market for a new desktop for the home, I am down to 2
    models, I see the HP Pavillion 6200N is a good performer, It only draw
    back for us is Windows Vista, the Dell Vostro is a nice package not up
    to the specs as the HP but it comes with Windows XP Pro, and this is
    what we want in out next computer Windows XP Pro, I have a question on
    the HP Pavillion 6200N, can I format the drive and install Win XP
    without hurting the performance, or can I add a second hard drive and
    install WIn XP on it and boot up from either hard drive and choose which
    ver of Windows at boot up.

    thanks
    Chet


    PS I am also open for opinions if there is a computer with the specs as
    the HP Pavillion 6200N that comes with Win XP for around the same price,
    the HP Pavillion 6200N is selling for $584.00 at Best Buys.
     
    chet, Nov 6, 2007
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  2. chet

    flambe Guest

    Yes.
    For a dual boot set-up using the Vista boot loader you have to install XP
    first and then install Vista on a second bootable partition. It is one of
    the few things that works well with Vista but comes with the usual Vista
    gotcha: the Vista boot loader is impossible to uninstall, if you decide to
    delete Vista, without formatting the hard drive.
    I do not know if this is possible with the restore discs that come with HPs.
    However, rather than having to remember which hard drive to choose you can
    get a commercial product, that will install itself in the boot sector and
    allow you to choose which OS to boot to automatically after a pause.
     
    flambe, Nov 6, 2007
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