Microsoft Windows Vista 32-bit & 64-bit dual boot

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I'm currently running Windows Vista 32-bit OS. My plan is to create a partition, and install Windows Vista 64-bit. This is so i can test out which system i prefer better.( i intend to try with Windows Xp 64-bit later.) I would than delete the remaining OS. I'd also like to somehow make a restore cd or "image" of my entire computer, so i can pop it in when my computer becomes clogged and itll bring me right back to a fresh install. (all of the above will be taking place on one Physical hard drive, just an array of partions) Questions: 1. What are the steps and procedure i'd take when creating a partition and installing Windows Vista 64-bit. 2. After installation, Am i able to delete the OS i choose not to use, deleting that partion, and restoring my hard drive to it's full capacity. 3. What program would be suitable to make an " Image" of my fresh computer, for future use and relieval of hassles. My specs are: Time of this report: 12/2/2008, 18:32:14 Machine name: JD-PC Operating System: Windows Vistaâ„¢ Home Premium (6.0, Build 6001) Service Pack 1 (6001.vistasp1_gdr.080917-1612) Language: English (Regional Setting: English) System Manufacturer: Dell Inc. System Model: Dell XPS720 BIOS: Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A06 Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q6600 @ 2.40GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.4GHz Memory: 2812MB RAM Page File: 1097MB used, 4734MB available Windows Dir: C:Windows DirectX Version: DirectX 10 DX Setup Parameters: Not found DxDiag Version: 6.00.6001.18000 32bit Unicode Thank you for your time.

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1. You can partition the hard drive during the windows Vista installation, BUT you need to have space on the hard drive that is not allocated to your current windows partition. If you do not have space to create another partition, you can install Vista as a dual boot to XP using the same partition. You just need to rename the Windows directory.
2. Yes you can delete the un-needed OS. Make sure to remove it from the boot.ini file.
3. Acronis True image will work. There are other software vendors who do the same.

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