Another Dual Boot Question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Gobble.D.Gook, Nov 15, 2006.

  1. Hi,

    read the FAQ and am confused ?!?!

    I want to dual boot (in fact quad boot Vista / XP /XP/Linux, but we'll
    leave that for now) and have three primary partions, lets call them
    P1, P2 and P3). None are Hidden.

    I have Vista installed on P1, XP on P2 and XP on P3. Vista was the
    last to be installed, as recommended, but it did not find any legacy
    OS so no boot manager screen appears (is this because I set P1 active
    before installing?)

    If I set P1 active (using GDISK) Vista will boot.
    If I set P2 active, XP will boot.
    If I set P3 active, other XP will boot.

    OK, so now I want to use a boot manager, so I don't have to mess

    Following the MS instructions at

    then I can set up BCD, but I fall at two hurdles.

    1. I don't understand what fixntfs /lh does, let alone find it
    anywhere, and what OS am I meant to run it in?

    2. Nowhere does it seem to allow you to point to P2 or P3 as the place
    where XP is.

    So when I choose XP, I just get a message about not finding ntloader.

    Also, I am assuming that I would have to use BCD to choose to boot to
    a 'legacy' OS - ie XP on P2, and the use the boot.ini in that to
    choose between P2 and P3. Is that the case

    Can anyone help out on how to set up this multiboot?

    Gobble.D.Gook, Nov 15, 2006
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  2. Gobble.D.Gook

    John Barnes Guest

    I suggest you use VistaBootPro to add a legacy os to your boot
    There is no boot.ini in the Vista boot, it transfers control to the ntldr
    file which reads the boot.ini and files to finish the boot.
    If you installed Vista last and didn't change boot priority, I assume you
    may have overwritten those files which you will have to add.
    John Barnes, Nov 15, 2006
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  3. Gobble:

    Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of BootIt NG. Why get
    yourself involved with the Vista boot manager mess if you don't need to?

    David Wilkinson
    David Wilkinson, Nov 15, 2006
  4. Gobble.D.Gook

    John Barnes Guest

    And has the additional advantage of retaining Vista restore points.
    John Barnes, Nov 16, 2006
  5. Gobble.D.Gook

    David Hettel Guest

    Well you've been told to get a few other boot managers, but I believe no one
    has attempted to really answer your question. So yes I believe you're right.
    When I made the partition active that I installed vista to, it made vista
    believe it was the only active OS and you must switch partitions with
    whatever you made the partition active with. When I installed vista from
    another partition into a different partition that was not active vista found
    the other OS (Windows Media Center for me,) and gave me a choice of which OS
    to boot into.

    David Hettel

    Please post any reply as a follow-up message in the news group for everyone
    to see. I'm sorry, but I don't answer questions addressed directly to me in
    E-mail or news groups.

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    David Hettel, Nov 18, 2006
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