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Default Dual Boot Vista and XP with Vista already installed

If you want to install Vista onto an XP computer, try the reverse tutorial: (XP already installed)


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By Unregistered on 06-21-2007, 03:38 PM
Default Hmmm

Hi, i am on XP now, i just put XP disc and done fixboot and fixmbr in repair console, and now only XP works lol (i do know that i can just put vista disc and do same to make vista work, but still not dual boot).

Anyway, my XP OS shows up as partition/drive (I) when i check on my computer on XP, and when i checked on vista it showed it was on (X). And my Vista is on partition/drive (C) when i look on my computer on XP and Vista.

The bcdedit looked very similar to the one in your guide, the screenshot you put up.

Thanks, hope this helps a little towards finding the solution.
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By MaxRabbit on 06-23-2007, 03:05 PM
Default Disappearing CMD prompt

Originally Posted by DLS1031 View Post

I've followed your very well-written process on how to set up a dual boot XP/Vista (vista first) system. The problem is in step 4., Edit boot.ini. When I right click on bcdedit.exe and select Run as Admin, the black dos window fly’s in and out in a flash. It pops up but disappears immediately. What do I do now?
I also have this problem!
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By Unregistered on 06-24-2007, 12:22 PM
Default XP installation can't see HD

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I had the same problem. I had to create a new XP disk using "slipstreaming". Do a google search for "xp slipstream sp2" and that should point you in the right direction. Check out the websites and for utilities that make it much easier.

I had similar problem and, as you suggested, did a slipstreaming of sp2 into my XP installation disc.

Using the SP2 disc, I boot up my new notebook again. The installation halted saying that there is no disk...

Anyone can help?

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By MaxRabbit on 06-24-2007, 02:36 PM

I followed this great guide and got my dual boot working! However, I am afraid to install any drivers on my Windows XP, because how do I know the programs won't install the drivers to C:\windows (vista), instead of the place they *should* go-G:\Windows?

Please help me with this, and thanks for helping me get the hardest part done!
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By William_Wilson on 06-25-2007, 10:32 PM

if you are in XP, they can get the default drive, in this case G, the drive selection is dynamic, not static. I have installed many drivers etc on my laptop with an XP partition of E:
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By Unregistered on 06-27-2007, 09:47 PM
Smile Many thanks

Thank you for sorting it out so clearly (especially the bcdedit setup) I had installed VistaBootPro and had been getting the ntldr missing error. After following your bcdedit steps I am dualbooting fine
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By Unregistered on 06-30-2007, 09:54 PM
Default Anyone have a fix for this?

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I have tried this and everything else (including reloading Vista), but the XP CD hangs every time with a blue screen (tells me to run CHKDSK /F) at the point of starting windows (right after preloading a few drivers). Any other suggestions?
I am getting his same error. Was there a fix for this?
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By GforD on 07-02-2007, 05:23 PM

I am trying to open the bcedit.exe file but cannot - I right click and run as administrator, the screen flashes black and the returns to the vista screen.

What am I doing wrong.
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By MaxRabbit on 07-02-2007, 06:17 PM

Originally Posted by GforD View Post
I am trying to open the bcedit.exe file but cannot - I right click and run as administrator, the screen flashes black and the returns to the vista screen.

What am I doing wrong.
I don't understand why this happens either, but I was able to fix it.

Type cmd into the dialog box on "Run", and hit enter. Your current directory should be "C:\".

Then type "cd windows", then type "cd system32", last simply type "bcdedit" and there you go!
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By Nangialai on 07-03-2007, 01:54 AM

Thanks Wilson. Your tutorial is great. I successfull install dual boot.
But I have one problem that my drivers for Ethernet, VGA some other are not working. Is there any way that i will redirct drivers from Vista to XP.

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