Dual Booting XP and Vista and Vice Versa

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Maven, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. Maven

    Maven Guest

    My understanding is that you can dual boot XP and Vista but not Vista and
    XP (yet). Has anyone done this successfully? If I buy a Vista machine I am
    told that I cannot dual boot it with Vista since no Bootloader is supported.
    Thanks for all replies. Confused
     
    Maven, Feb 10, 2007
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  2. Maven

    CZ Guest

    My understanding is that you can dual boot XP and Vista but not Vista and
    XP (yet). Has anyone done this successfully? If I buy a Vista machine I am
    told that I cannot dual boot it with Vista since no Bootloader is supported.
    Thanks for all replies. Confused

    Maven:

    These are the steps I used to successfully install XP after Vista RTM.

    Disk was clean (no partritions)
    Boot via Vista DVD
    Create C:
    Install Vista into C:
    Boot into Vista, create E: via Disk Mgr
    (D: is the CD/DVD drive)

    Boot via XP CD
    Select E: as target
    Install XP into E:

    When XP install is finished, computer will only boot into XP
    Copy ntldr file from Vista vol into root of XP vol

    Boot via Vista DVD
    Select Repair Your Computer
    Select Vistal vol
    Select Startup Repair
    (no notice of finding an error)
    Reboot per prompt

    Boot into Vista
    Install VistaBootPro v3.1 beta
    Do the BCD backup
    Select "Manage OS Entries"
    Select "Add new op system entry"
    Select "Windows Legacy"
    Enter a name (to show in the Vista boot mgr menu)
    Select drive letter E:
    Select Apply

    Reboot
    Select XP op system from the Vista boot mgr menu
     
    CZ, Feb 10, 2007
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  3. Maven

    Maven Guest

    CZ that sounds way too complicated for me. I wanted to dual boot on a Vista
    notebook. Yesterday I found a HP DV9040 notebook demo at a local store. It
    has dual SATA drives that are good candidates for the process. Please check
    it out and let me know what you think. Thanks maven
     
    Maven, Feb 10, 2007
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  4. Maven

    mikeyhsd Guest

    the dual boot process if extremely easy and automatic if the OLDER os is installed first.
    if you install a newer one and then want to install the older one into a dual boot situation it normal to expect problems.
    there are 2 3rd party programs that can deal with the new vista boot loader and help fix things up when screwed up in this manner.
    vistabootpro and easybcd, be sure and get the latest versions.

    @sport.rr.com

    My understanding is that you can dual boot XP and Vista but not Vista and
    XP (yet). Has anyone done this successfully? If I buy a Vista machine I am
    told that I cannot dual boot it with Vista since no Bootloader is supported.
    Thanks for all replies. Confused
     
    mikeyhsd, Feb 10, 2007
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  5. Maven

    CZ Guest

    the dual boot process if extremely easy and automatic if the OLDER os isif you install a newer one and then want to install the older one into a
    dual boot situation it normal to expect problems.
    there are 2 3rd party programs that can deal with the new vista boot loader
    and help fix things up when screwed up in this manner.
    vistabootpro and easybcd, be sure and get the latest versions.

    Mike:

    A BCD editor like VistaBootPro and EasyBCD is insufficient to make
    installing XP after Vista work. You must also copy the ntldr file and use
    Vista's Startup Repair. Have you tried doing it your way?

    You have to do the following:
    When XP install is finished, computer will only boot into XP
    Copy ntldr file from Vista vol into root of XP vol

    Boot via Vista DVD
    Select Repair Your Computer
    Select Vistal vol
    Select Startup Repair
    (no notice of finding an error)
    Reboot per prompt

    Boot into Vista
    Install VistaBootPro v3.1 beta
    Do the BCD backup
    Select "Manage OS Entries"
    Select "Add new op system entry"
    Select "Windows Legacy"
    Enter a name (to show in the Vista boot mgr menu)
    Select drive letter E:
    Select Apply

    Reboot
    Select XP op system from the Vista boot mgr menu
     
    CZ, Feb 10, 2007
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  6. Maven

    mikeyhsd Guest

    not true, have repaired xp boot and vista boot by using bcdedit.

    @sport.rr.com

    if you install a newer one and then want to install the older one into a
    dual boot situation it normal to expect problems.
    there are 2 3rd party programs that can deal with the new vista boot loader
    and help fix things up when screwed up in this manner.
    vistabootpro and easybcd, be sure and get the latest versions.

    Mike:

    A BCD editor like VistaBootPro and EasyBCD is insufficient to make
    installing XP after Vista work. You must also copy the ntldr file and use
    Vista's Startup Repair. Have you tried doing it your way?

    You have to do the following:
    When XP install is finished, computer will only boot into XP
    Copy ntldr file from Vista vol into root of XP vol

    Boot via Vista DVD
    Select Repair Your Computer
    Select Vistal vol
    Select Startup Repair
    (no notice of finding an error)
    Reboot per prompt

    Boot into Vista
    Install VistaBootPro v3.1 beta
    Do the BCD backup
    Select "Manage OS Entries"
    Select "Add new op system entry"
    Select "Windows Legacy"
    Enter a name (to show in the Vista boot mgr menu)
    Select drive letter E:
    Select Apply

    Reboot
    Select XP op system from the Vista boot mgr menu
     
    mikeyhsd, Feb 10, 2007
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  7. Maven

    Maven Guest

    How?
    not true, have repaired xp boot and vista boot by using bcdedit.

    @sport.rr.com

    if you install a newer one and then want to install the older one into a
    dual boot situation it normal to expect problems.
    there are 2 3rd party programs that can deal with the new vista boot loader
    and help fix things up when screwed up in this manner.
    vistabootpro and easybcd, be sure and get the latest versions.

    Mike:

    A BCD editor like VistaBootPro and EasyBCD is insufficient to make
    installing XP after Vista work. You must also copy the ntldr file and use
    Vista's Startup Repair. Have you tried doing it your way?

    You have to do the following:
    When XP install is finished, computer will only boot into XP
    Copy ntldr file from Vista vol into root of XP vol

    Boot via Vista DVD
    Select Repair Your Computer
    Select Vistal vol
    Select Startup Repair
    (no notice of finding an error)
    Reboot per prompt

    Boot into Vista
    Install VistaBootPro v3.1 beta
    Do the BCD backup
    Select "Manage OS Entries"
    Select "Add new op system entry"
    Select "Windows Legacy"
    Enter a name (to show in the Vista boot mgr menu)
    Select drive letter E:
    Select Apply

    Reboot
    Select XP op system from the Vista boot mgr menu
     
    Maven, Feb 11, 2007
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  8. Maven

    CZ Guest

    not true, have repaired xp boot and vista boot by using bcdedit.

    Mike:

    But have you installed XP after installing Vista?
    Per your comments, I would say you have not as follows:
    When you install XP it changes the vol boot code to call ntldr, and this is
    why Vista is not bootable.
    You cannot fix this with a BCD editor, you must use Vista's Startup Repair
    or Vista's bootsec cmd to change the vol boot code to call Vista's bootmgr.
    By not discussing this issue, you are telling me you have not installed XP
    after Vista.

    As a separate issue you also need to edit the BCD store to include a
    reference to XP, and a BCD editor is the best tool to use to do this.
     
    CZ, Feb 11, 2007
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  9. Maven

    CZ Guest

    I wanted to dual boot on a Vista
    notebook. Yesterday I found a HP DV9040 notebook demo at a local store. It
    has dual SATA drives that are good candidates for the process. Please check
    it out and let me know what you think.

    Maven:

    Do you have a URL reference for details on that HP computer? HP.com does
    not have it.
     
    CZ, Feb 11, 2007
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