Dual Boot Oddity

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Bill Doman, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Bill Doman

    Bill Doman Guest

    Okay, first I tried upgrading XP Pro on my SATA hard drive. BSOD on last
    reboot. Tried "repair" and got two choices (one Vista one Vista "repaired"),
    both of which BSOD'd. Restored XP from image, booted to the DVD and
    installed to the IDE drive (no Windows of any version, just a backup drive).
    On last reboot, Vista loads, upgrades work, activation works, all is well.
    Take out the DVD and reboot and straight to XP.

    Hmmmm.... Put the dvd back in, reboot and DON'T "press any key to boot to
    cd/dvd". Get the Vista & Vista "repaired" choices, where Vista works fine &
    "repaired" BSOD's.

    No big deal--I can just put the DVD in when I want to boot into Vista, but
    does anyone have any idea what's causing this and what I can do to fix it?
    In either system, looking in My Computer properties/Advanced/Startup &
    Recovery options only shows that version as a choice for default. I could
    manually edit the XP boot ini file if I remembered the context for the file,
    I guess.
    Bill Doman, Sep 12, 2006
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    Bill Doman Guest

    Sorry for the dupe--the silly web interface told me the first time that there
    had been an error and closed, which sorta implied that it wasn't gonna get
    there. I just didn't wait long enough for it to show up before retrying.

    Again, my apologies.
    Bill Doman, Sep 12, 2006
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    andy Guest

    Go into BIOS setup and swap the order of Hard Disk (Boot Priority).
    Without the DVD, the computer is booting from the disk specified in
    the BIOS. With the DVD, the computer is booting from the other disk.
    andy, Sep 13, 2006
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