XP Boot Loader

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by r_vandewater, Jul 7, 2006.

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    r_vandewater Guest

    Ok so I've installed Vista, and visually its impressive, but I haven't really
    put it to the test. I do most of my work in XP, and though some of you will
    think I'm crazy, I'd prefer to use XP's bootloader. When I used to dual-boot
    SuSE and XP, I used a great little program called Bootpart. I tried using
    bootpart to dual-boot XP and Vista, but alas, it fails. I can't seem to find
    any instructions anywhere out there that explain booting with XP's boot
    loader, only with Vista's. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!
    r_vandewater, Jul 7, 2006
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    AJR Guest

    XP used "Boot.ini" for dual booting - Vista does not - Vista uses "BCD" (you
    will see references to BCDEDIT.EXE - this is an editor for creating,
    modifying, changing default OS, etc. BCD) Bcdedit.exe is a command line
    editor - typing "bcdedit.exe /?" at prompt provides info on modifying Vista
    boot manager.
    AJR, Jul 7, 2006
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    MICHAEL Guest

    Nice price- free.

    Can be run from XP or Vista.

    MICHAEL, Jul 7, 2006
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    dfeifer Guest

    strange, never heard of anyone using a boot loader for windows/suse other
    then grub. At one time i was running a quad boot between windows
    dfeifer, Jul 7, 2006
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    MICHAEL Guest

    It's not a bootloader- it is an editor for Vista's bootloader with a GUI
    that is easier for many to use and understand.

    MICHAEL, Jul 7, 2006
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    r_vandewater Guest

    Ok so being as thought nobody has actually answered my question, I'll try and
    rephrase:Can you dual-boot XP and Vista from NTLDR? I found this post that
    says you can, but the instructions are alittle vague in one spot.
    By the way, Bootpart, the program I was talking about, takes the first 512k
    of a partition, which stores the boot data, puts that information in a file
    thats saved on your windows partition, and updates the boot.ini to point to
    that file.
    r_vandewater, Jul 7, 2006
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    JackM Guest

    Now that we are all confused, understand that dual boots should have XP on
    the first partition, and Vista on the second. Vista does not use ntldr, but
    winload which is in the windows\system32 file. The loader for your system,
    then, is Vista whether you 'like it' or not. The easiest way to change
    bcdedit (the operative file in Winload is to get Vistaboot, which will do
    everything but cook your lunch and its free. Then your desktop on boot will
    show both OSs and you can choose or determine which OS to boot, obviously XP
    in your case. Simple.
    JackM, Jul 7, 2006
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    tlyoungb Guest

    Ok is ti possible to get ride of Windows XP all together now that Vista is
    loaded? I am cramped on HD Space, and short of just reinstalling Vista is
    there any other way to get XP off. Not only that, since I installed vista and
    used the serial key and registerd will it let me redo the who process over
    tlyoungb, Jul 7, 2006
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