Vista boot manager won't recognise XP

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by tobyricketts, Oct 23, 2006.

  1. tobyricketts

    tobyricketts Guest

    Hi there,

    I've just installed Vista sucessfully onto my machine, and am planning on
    running dual boot with XP (which exists on a separate partition). Only
    problem is that Vista doesn't realise XP is installed, and I know that XP's
    boot magr isn't forwards compatible

    Any ideas on how to fix this?


    Toby R, New Zealand.
    tobyricketts, Oct 23, 2006
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    John Barnes Guest

    Install VistaBootPro and add a legacy os. If
    you have a problem booting after doing that, you should copy the ntldr and boot.ini files onto the drive with Vista boot file on it.
    You should then make sure that the boot.ini points to the proper
    HDD/Partition for XP
    John Barnes, Oct 23, 2006
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    Shaun Guest

    Hi there,

    I had the same problem when I installed the 64-bit Vista version, as well as
    the 32-bit XP pro version. It didn't like the two different clients.

    I simply fixed this by changing Vista to the 32-bit client.

    Shaun, Oct 23, 2006
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    tobyricketts Guest

    Duh, I just figured it out.

    Even though my drive on the third SATA channel had boot priority in BIOS,
    Vista had put all the boot records on the primary ide drive.
    Silly me.

    Thanks for the help guys, i've taken your advise and it seems to be working.


    tobyricketts, Oct 25, 2006
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