Dual or Triple Booting? Mac OS-X Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows?

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    Dual or Triple Booting?

    Mac OS-X Snow Leopard, Lion and Windows?

    Hello,

    I would like to use my MacBook Pro laptop, for 3 OS systems.

    I wanted Snow Leopard, (for the programs that wouldn't run on Lion).

    Install Lion, because I want it and like it..!

    Also, Windows XP Pro (for now, until I can get Windows 7), for the Windows purchased software, (MS Office, Adobe, and many more), I have spent money on, and not sure if MS, Adobe, etc. will ALLOW me to use my existing serial #'s, - with the Apple/Mac software equivalent (?) - to do (what I have been able to learn is called (in the technical field): "platform swap" - going from Windows to Apple/Mac.

    I bought my laptop used and it has these current partition, available, when I boot up holding down my options key:

    1 Snow Leopard

    2 Mac OX- Lion (I installed this)...

    3 Recovery HD

    4 EFI Boot

    I don't even know what the Recovery HD and the EFI Boot is?

    I'm sort of thinking that when Lion installed, it might have created that Recovery HD part..?

    I have not been able to yet, however, partition using the BootCamp Assistant, to create the 4th - (Windows) partition.

    Perhaps I must start all over from scratch?

    First create one (1) partition, using Disk Utility?

    Second, use BootCamp to create the second partition (reserved) for Windows?

    Third, create the third partition, for Snow Leopard, using Disk Utility.?

    Fourth, create the partition for Lion?

    What do you think?

    Thanks!

    Have a nice day,

    Ed

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    That all sounds a bit scary to me

    I would question whether you really need to have Snow Leopard AND Lion. What apps on SL are not Lion compatible? I had to update several of my apps, but the developers all had new versions either ready before Lions release, or soon after. If you must do it, there are several guides on dual booting the two OSX operating systems:

    How to keep Snow Leopard when upgrading to Lion | MacFixIt - CNET Reviews

    or

    How to Install & Dual Boot Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and 10.6 Snow Leopard

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