Unable to dual boot Vitsa and XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Francis, Sep 18, 2006.

  1. Francis

    Francis Guest

    I split my hard disc (Dell Inspiron Dual Core laptop) into 2 partitions.
    Installed vista fine on the first partition.

    Then booted from the xp disk and installed XP.

    Reboot, and only XP comes up - no option for vista.

    Ho Hum, 2 hours wasted. Lets try putting vista back on the first partition.
    Installed fine. Reboot.....

    No XP!!!

    I can see the 2 partitions with all their seperate files but I cannot get
    the dual boot option up.

    Any thoughts?
    Francis, Sep 18, 2006
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  2. Simple, always install the newest OS latest. Vista knows about XP but XP
    cannot know about Vista.

    Stephen Tripp, Sep 18, 2006
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  3. Francis

    Spirefm Guest

    Download VistaBootPro (its free). Use it to write the necessary boot changes
    and you'll be OK.

    Here's a triple-boot example:- (actually the XP leads to seperat English and
    Spanish boots)

    There are a total of 3 OSes installed into the boot manager.
    Current timeout before default boots: 30 seconds.
    Default OS: Vista RC1 Colin

    Entry # 1

    Name: Vista RC1 Colin
    BCD ID: {current}
    Boot Drive: C:
    Windows Drive: C:
    System Bootloader: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    Windows Directory: \Windows

    Entry # 2

    Name: Vista RC1 Edwin
    BCD ID: {763be11e-4501-11db-b25d-00508dd97b58}
    Boot Drive: H:
    Windows Drive: H:
    System Bootloader: \windows\system32\winload.exe
    Windows Directory: \Windows

    Entry # 3

    Name: XP English/Spanish
    BCD ID: {763be120-4501-11db-b25d-00508dd97b58}
    Boot Drive: F:
    Windows Drive:
    System Bootloader: \ntldr
    Windows Directory:
    Spirefm, Sep 18, 2006
  4. Francis

    Ron Rector Guest

    Ron Rector, Sep 19, 2006
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