Dual Boot Vista - XP backup restore losing restore points

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Ben, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Ben

    Ben Guest

    I am a tech and need to have access to both XP and Vista. Quite often I need
    to reload one of my PCs that were used as a test bed.

    When I create Dual boot configurations using XP-PRO SP3 and VISTA ULTIMATE
    SP1 everything works fine until I sometimes try to restore a Vista complete
    PC backup from an external drive.

    The backups are created using Vista Complete PC Backup from within Vista.

    In the beginning the restore works fine but after half a dozen or so
    restores, Vista can no longer locate a viable restore image on the drives.
    It is as though the restore points are lost.

    This happens on Dell and IBM systems and I am using various brand external

    Can anyone collaborate or shed some insite as to why this may be occuring?


    Ben, Dec 10, 2008
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  2. Ben

    Fakir Guest

    sorry to say that vista chooses to delete any and all restore points except
    for its own, it serches for its own restore point and upon finding the xp
    one rewrites the header which it then no longer recognizes upon reboot, the
    only thing you can try is to install vista to seperate drive completely and
    dual boot in that fashion. It may or may not work. I am using that here and
    so far had not needed yet to take a step back to restore.
    Fakir, Dec 10, 2008
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  3. Ben

    Malke Guest

    You seem to be referring to two different things - restore from a backup and
    System Restore points. To the first point, I would suggest you use a more
    reliable way of imaging such as Acronis True Image. Then you will have no
    issues whatsoever restoring your system.

    As for dual-booting issues, yes there is a problem with System Restore when
    dual-booting XP and Vista. It is covered here:

    Dual Booting Windows Vista & Windows XP -

    MVP Bert Kinney on System Restore - http://bertk.mvps.org/html/vista.html

    Missing Restore Points/Shadow Copies in Windows Vista -

    Malke, Dec 10, 2008
  4. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Well I guess it is back to Symantec Ghost or Acronis.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Ben, Dec 10, 2008
  5. Ben

    Ben Guest

    Sorry for not being clear, yes it was with both a backup restore and system

    I guess it is back to Symantec / Norton Ghost or Acronis.

    Thank you.

    Best regards,
    Ben, Dec 10, 2008
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