Multiboot Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Charlie, Apr 15, 2006.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    Can I multiboot Vista with XP Pro ? If so, is there anything different from
    other multibooting issues?
     
    Charlie, Apr 15, 2006
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    Paul Smith Guest

    Yes you can, it does use a new bootloader so it is pretty different to
    Windows XP but I've not heard of any major issues.

    Of course you can also change the boot order in the BIOS - that way both
    drives will be independent (with their own normal loader) and even if Vista
    hosed it's own drive with the boot loader you could just go back to the BIOS
    and switch back to the XP drive.

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    Charlie Guest

    Since the boot loader in Vista is different than XP does this mean that I
    can't dual boot from different partitions on the same physical drive?
     
    Charlie, Apr 15, 2006
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  4. Yeh you should be able to. However I really cannot remember whether you are
    meant to install Vista after or before on a dual boot. I can never remember
    whether the BCDEDIT (new boot loader) ruins your partition setup or
    compliments it...

    I'm pretty sure if you install Vista first then another operating system on
    another partition afterwards - that'll work :eek:)

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    Zack Whittaker, Apr 15, 2006
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  5. Yes you can, thats how I am dual booting right now (actually, multibooting).
    If you have multiple versions of older versions of Windows installed, they
    will be stored under the "Legacy (pre-Longhorn) Microsoft Windows operating
    System" entry.

    I notice that if you install Windows XP Professional x64 after Vista, it
    will put a boot entry on the Windows Boot Manager installed Vista or
    Longhorn Server.
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    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Apr 15, 2006
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  6. No, it doesn't mean that, at all. I'm currently dual-booting WinXPx64
    and Vista64, with each installed on different partitions of the same
    physical hard drive.

    For more information on Vista's new boot manager:

    Boot Configuration Data Editor Frequently Asked Questions
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/library/85cd5efe-c349-427c-b035-c2719d4af778.mspx



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    Bruce Chambers, Apr 15, 2006
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  7. Charlie

    Paul Smith Guest

    No no, it makes no difference if it's a physical drive or not... but if
    something goes wrong with Vista boot loader, either a single drive or two
    separate ones it means getting the XP disc out and fixing the boot loader
    etc... which is annoying. :cool:

    Alternatively if you've got two drives, just switch the drive you'll install
    Vista on to primary in the BIOS and it won't even touch the Windows XP drive
    so you're near 100% insulated from disaster if something does go wrong.

    A lot of people are however running it in the configuration you're
    describing and have not had any issues, in fact probably most people are
    using it like that. I must be stuck in my ways or something. :cool:

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  8. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    Do I have to install Vista first and then XP? I already have XP installed
    and was wondering if I could just load Vista to a new partition.
     
    Charlie, Apr 15, 2006
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  9. Charlie

    Paul Smith Guest

    Windows XP will need to be there first. If the partition is there and all
    set, just go ahead and install.

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  10. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Apr 15, 2006
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  11. You won't be easily able to share data files between the two partitions
    with User Account Protection on.
     
    Mike Williams, Apr 15, 2006
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  12. Put it in the Shared folder on XP or the Public folder in Vista.
     
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Apr 15, 2006
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  13. .... Or use a third partition for data storage.


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  14. Charlie

    Steven Wabik Guest

    but what if i am dual booting them from the same hard drive but on different
    partitions?
     
    Steven Wabik, Apr 15, 2006
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  15. I shouldn't have to move files from root level folders on either drive
    for Vista to use them. XP has no problen, only Vista.
     
    Mike Williams, Apr 15, 2006
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  16. That too. :)
     
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], Apr 15, 2006
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  17. Charlie

    Steven Wabik Guest

    Steven Wabik, Apr 15, 2006
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  18. I'd call it tedious or clunky.
    I'd just like a nice GUI'd boot manager editor.
     
    Michael Cecil, Apr 15, 2006
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  19. Charlie

    Key Pounder Guest

    Charlie wrote:
    | Can I multiboot Vista with XP Pro ? If so, is there anything different
    | from other multibooting issues?

    Vista's behaviour is different from XP's and 2000's. For example, if you
    change the active partitions, it won't change necessarily the C: desingation
    to the one which is active .. and so on .. so it should be interesting.
     
    Key Pounder, Apr 15, 2006
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  20. Charlie

    Steven Wabik Guest

    i'm really good with computers, since i am beta testing vista, by the time
    it comes out, i'll know almost everything about it. i'll probably make fixes
    for it as well. and send them into microsoft. i'll just make the
    developement of it go a tad bit faster. of course then, the more beta
    testers that there is for vista that acually submit the issues they have,
    the better vista will be when it comes out.
     
    Steven Wabik, Apr 15, 2006
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