Win XP, OS X x86, Vista 5365 - How to install them all? BCDEdit guru's out there?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Noozer, May 5, 2006.

  1. Noozer

    Noozer Guest

    I have one 120gig PATA hard drive. I'd like to be able to boot between Win
    XP x86, OS X x86 and Vista x64 b5365 (and possibly adding Win XP x64 as
    well). What order should I install these OS's, and are there any special
    instructions needed for doing so?

    My drive was installed using the following partitions, in the specified
    order, but I have no option to boot OS X...

    Partition #1- 60gig - Primary, NTFS, Win XP x86 - installed second
    Partition #2 - 25gig - Primary, NTFS, Vista x64 v5365 - installed third
    Partition #3 - 25gig - Primary, MAC journaled, OS X x86 - installed first

    What order do I need to install the above OS's? Do I need to do anything
    special (like copying the first 512 bytes for each partition as required by
    the NTLDR)?

    Does anything change if I want to add Partition #4 - Primary - NTFS, Win XP
    x86 ?

    The documentation for BCDEdit is quite sketchy... Doesn't cover adding third
    party partitions at all.

    Any help is greatly appreciated!
    Noozer, May 5, 2006
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    Fat Bastard Guest

    To the best of my knowledge, there is no way yet to install OSX on PC
    hardware. For the other OS's, the trick is just to install them in
    chronological order. XP first, then Vista or Longhorn. The Longhorn boot
    loader will handle XP fine on it's own.
    Fat Bastard, May 5, 2006
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  3. I beg to differ, I have Windows XP x86, XP x64, Server 2003 x86, Server 2003
    x64, Vista x64 and OS X x86 Tiger 10.4.5 quadruple booting on my Sempron
    2600. Installing is the tricky part.

    XP needs to be on the System Partition, OS X x86 needs to be on a bootable
    partition, Vista can be on a logical partition. Vista even adds OS X to its
    own boot entry (not the legacy one).
    I detailed my experiences here:
    Windows Connected |
    Extended64 |
    Blog |
    Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 5, 2006
  4. how did you obtain OSX x86?
    John Jay Smith, May 6, 2006
  5. Andre... you mean that OSX x86 can run now on any pc and you can actually
    dual boot with windows?

    I thought that Apple would convert to intel CPUs but the OS wouldnt run on a
    John Jay Smith, May 6, 2006
  6. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 6, 2006
  7. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 6, 2006
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    Norm Guest

    If you want to do this easily take a look at BootIt NG, I am currently
    booting 8 operating systems off one hard drive and you do not have to do any
    manipulating of any file unless you move one of your currently installed
    OS's and then you will need to edit the boot file so the partition numbers

    Norm, May 6, 2006
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    Frank Guest

    Frank, May 6, 2006
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    Robert Moir Guest

    It works on some PCs. It isn't legal, of course, and the list of supported
    hardware is obviously nothing like what Windows or Linux can support because
    Apple obviously are not going to bust their humps providing driver support
    for a system config that couldn't possibly arise on their own kit.
    Robert Moir, May 7, 2006
  11. Andre Da Costa [Extended64], May 7, 2006
  12. how about running it on VMWARE?

    John Jay Smith, May 8, 2006
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    Robert Moir Guest

    The position with legalilty and supportability won't change either way with
    VMWare or Virtual PC/Server in the mix. That's obvious. Any problems you run
    into will force you ask the question about whether or not the hardware is
    simply incompatible or whether you're seeing an issue with the virtual

    If you can get it to run in a virtual machine that'll be very cool and a
    great hack, but I don't think it'll be easy.

    Rob Moir, Microsoft MVP
    Blog Site -
    Virtual PC 2004 FAQ -
    I'm always surprised at "professionals" who STILL have to be asked "Have you
    checked (event viewer / syslog)".
    Robert Moir, May 8, 2006
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