Can I install SBS on old drive ? ( if Vista Boot loader is already on there )

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by - Bobb -, Jun 8, 2006.

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    Sorry, I just noticed that my message filter was "marking as read" all
    messages with OT ( a long time ago I had entered " OT " as in Off Topic
    but it dropped the spaces), SO I was missing all of the previous
    messages in here regarding the new boot manager.( BOOT contains OT) I
    modified my rules - marked "BOOT" messages as unread, and I'm off to
    read those - perhaps the question has already been asked / answered.

    - Bobb -, Jun 8, 2006
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    Found no answer there either, but by trial and error of keywords, I
    think I got my answer at msft website: which states:
    "When you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system on
    a Windows Vista-based computer, Setup overwrites everything from the
    MBR, the boot sector, and the boot files. Therefore, the earlier version
    the Windows operating system loses forward compatibility with Windows

    So it seems that I CAN install SBS2003 on E and still have my SATA drive
    boot XP and SBS2003. THEN install Vista to its on IDE drive (H) - sound
    right ?

    - Bobb -, Jun 8, 2006
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    I have SATA drive with 3 partitions XP on C , d=common library, E=old
    copy of XP (both XP's bootable from windows boot.ini menu)and Vista
    5308 on its own drive (H). I just downloaded the latest beta 2 for
    x64, so I need to reinstall vista anyway. I still "haven't gotten it"
    for the Vista boot loader - how does it interact/affect other OS'es (?)
    , SO ... I have SBS beta in another PC on its own NTFS drive , but it's
    too slow. I'd like to move that SBS drive to my x64 XP pc and THEN
    reinstall Vista beta on it's own drive.

    Can I :
    1. pick up and move SBS drive here and have it boot ? by messing with
    boot.ini ? BCE ?
    2. if not can I install SBS here on that sata drive (E) without blowing
    up the
    "Vista, XP boot" on my XP drive ?
    And then install Vista to the same (separate) drive that it's currently

    Thanks very much.

    - Bobb -, Jun 9, 2006
  4. I am not sure but Virtual server is free! Kick your RAM up to 4GB and run VS
    in your host OS and run all the others as Virtual machines.
    Frank McCallister SBS MVP, Jun 9, 2006
  5. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Jun 9, 2006
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    I did visit but found no boot loader info related to order/conflicts.
    Is my C drive mbr OK to do install SBS right now ?

    On my boot drive I have menu for
    Vista 5308 , then 'legacy' calls Xp menu - 1=XP on C, 2= old XP on E
    Vista 5308 is on separate drive (H) right now.
    I'd like to leave XP on C, install SBS on E and then reinstall Vista on
    Can I install SBS on E after having Vista on this PC and then have the
    legacy boot menu look like :
    1. = XP on C , 2=SBS on E
    I'll then install Vista 5384 on H.
    - Bobb -, Jun 9, 2006
  7. OH FOR PITY'S SAKE, you may have missed Franks message, just delete all the
    partitions, install XP64, Virtual Server and a bit of RAM and run your
    additional OS's in VS.

    HINT: If you really want to keep those existing installs you CAN, by
    migrating them to VS emulated machines.

    I'm not sure of the status of VS running on Vista, or whether you really
    wish to run a BETA OS as your primary OS, but when the stage is set I'll be
    looking for 64b hardware to do exactly this thing.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Jun 10, 2006
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    OK, OK

    I wasn't sure about procedure of removing Vista boot info - would XP
    then still boot ?
    Per Andre, I installed Vistaboot Pro and used it to remove Vista as if
    not there, so back to pre-Vista boot and XP works fine.
    Now I'll start SBS2003 install again
    then x64 XP , then x64 Vista again
    Thank you all.

    - Bobb -, Jun 10, 2006
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