Installed Vista dual boot, think I screwed up!

Discussion in 'Windows 64 Bit' started by Don, Feb 23, 2008.

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    Don Guest

    Thanks Colin.


    Don, Mar 2, 2008
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    Dennis Pack Guest

    I tried the registry entry that Colin wrote and it's easier to do than
    setup BitLocker. Have a great day.
    Dennis Pack, Mar 2, 2008
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    I am at this same point.. I installed XP on a 36 raptor SATA 2, had 74 raptor plugged into SATA 3, installed xp first (clean install), then installed Vista ultimate 64. These are on 2 different HHD.. I had this b4 but was on 2 36 raptors..36 is to small for Vista.
    Got it all done could only boot from bios to what ever OS I needed.. No boot menu.
    So called Microsoft for help.. I am still at this point, they put on Vistabootpro we worked at it for over 12 hrs..and still not working..
    Ok so I found that link above.. I read it all.
    Problem is I have same problem as Don, I read all of what Colin said and others but so much to read got confused.
    This is what I have now: I see the boot menu. I can boot to Vista, when I try to boot to XP I get 2 window in there: 1. Windows (Default) 2. Windows XP Professional (I put this one in at the VistaBootPro) and is doesnt work at all.. the other #1, says when I try it: <Windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe says to reinstall it copy of: (How)
    I am willing to reinstall all over if You:
    Could start this setup again step by step so I can follow it easily..
    However, I had the same problem. 2 hard drives, 2 OS, XP Pro 32 and Vista Ultimate. Installed XP first with SATA's plugged in to install Vista when XP was finished..
    Sherrie Shotts, Sep 1, 2008
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    Dennis Pack Guest

    Dennis Pack, Sep 1, 2008
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    Don Guest

    Hey Sherrie,

    I think Dennis may be on to something on your hard drive boot order, in the

    I had really struggled with this, and eventually got it working using Easy
    BCD Creator, but I believe not having my hard disk boot order, ie not
    booting from the drive XP resides on, was what was causing me a lot of

    I fairly recently, updated the bios on my motherboard. The next time, I
    tried booting into XP Pro, after that bios update, it would not boot into
    it, it would just restart. It would boot into Vista just fine.
    Finally I remembered this, and went into the bios ( as it posts, my system
    gives a message to press escape to enter the boot menu), I did so, selected
    the drive XP is on, and it did just fine, giving me the choice to boot into
    Vista , or XP.
    I then went into the hard disc boot priority, in the bios, and saw that the
    drive Vista resides on, had moved up above the drive XP resides on.
    I then changed, the hard disc boot priority, to move the drive XP resides
    on, to the top of the boot priority, my system once again dual boots with
    Vista Ultimate 64 bit and XP Pro just fine. ( although I find myself rarely
    going into XP any longer ).

    If this is not it, then I am sure those links Dennis provided should help
    clear some things up for you. I still am not sure I totally understand all
    of this, all I know is I somehow got it working properly :).
    Don, Sep 1, 2008
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    andy Guest

    Sounds like the rdisk() number in boot.ini on the Vista drive is
    incorrect. Try changing it from rdisk(0) to rdisk(1). In addition to
    boot.ini, the root directory of the Vista drive must also contain the
    Windows XP files ntldr and
    andy, Sep 2, 2008
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    John Barnes Guest

    If the drives were changed in the BIOS the XP boot files would be on the XP
    drive. ndldr is already being read so the BCD is pointing to the correct
    drive for the XP boot files leaving the boot.ini entry the problem. You are
    right about the odds being the rdisk. Number could go either way.
    John Barnes, Sep 7, 2008
  8. Good to have you back John!

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Sep 11, 2008
  9. Good catch, I missed it.

    We've missed you, John...
    Charlie Russel - MVP, Sep 11, 2008
  10. Thanks, Charlie - but I won't accept any heroism on my part. After all, it's
    'bullseye' on John's subject. Could anyone here calculate the number of
    people, I wonder, who managed to iron out the wrinkles, over the years of
    transition, with the combined help from John&Darrel?

    I seriously doubt it!

    Tony. . .
    Tony Sperling, Sep 12, 2008
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