Yet another new Dual Boot issue....

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by CHOUT, Jun 16, 2006.

  1. CHOUT

    CHOUT Guest


    I installed Vista yesterday on a seperate 160GB SATA drive only to realize
    it decided to try and install on my existing XP drive which is lacking the
    total space needed to install. So after all the confusion Vista finally
    placed itself onto the correct 160GB SATA and not my 200GB SATA which houses
    my XP Pro. So at first I had the option to dual boot but I reinstalled a
    fresh install of XP Pro back onto the 200GB as more space was being used by
    hidden Vista install files when it tried to install initially over my old XP.
    Well the XP install went well but now I directly boot into XP without even
    getting an option to choose Vista or XP. Any reasons or clues why this is?
    Cheers for the help all!!
    CHOUT, Jun 16, 2006
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  2. CHOUT

    I.P. Nichols Guest

    I know why it happens but not how to gracefully correct the problem. I have
    a similar two harddisk setup with XP on disk 0 and Vista installed in a 15GB
    partition on disk 1. Sometime ago I used Partition Magic to move the then
    existing two partitions toward the back on the second disk and install the
    third 15GB partition as the first partition which made it the primary. Then
    over a few months I installed Vista builds on the second disk without any

    When installing Vista as a dual boot from XP it is the Vista installer that
    sets up the dual boot manager which I understand is specific to Vista.

    Anyhow about a week after I installed beta2 my XP system went bonkers and
    became unreliable which caused me to "repair" XP using it's install DVD and
    when doing so I got a warning message that a dual boot was detected and most
    likely would become inoperative. The repair over-wrote the dual boot manager
    just as it had warned it would do.

    I tried to find a way to rebuild or reinstall the Vista dual boot manager
    but without success and after fooling around for way too long a time I
    decided to reinstall Vista so I reformatted the Vista partition and had done
    with it.

    It would be nice to have a fix that is more elegant that a complete
    reinstall of Vista...
    I.P. Nichols, Jun 16, 2006
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    GeoffP Guest

    Haven't had to try it on Vista Beta 2 (yet), but would imagine that there
    will be a Console Repair facility as on XP Pro somewhere in the Vista Beta
    Set Up. Until installing Vista Beta 2, I had a three-way boot to Win98SE,
    Win2000 or Win XP Pro and have lost count of the times I have had to
    re-install Win98SE and use the Console Repair facility to reconstruct the
    Boot Manager and avoid re-installing XP. Currently have a four-way boot
    configuration, which is running just as it should but no doubt it won't be
    long before I have to find out the hard way hw to reconstruct the Boot
    Manager with Vista.


    GeoffP, Jun 16, 2006
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