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Post by Calavera » Tue May 01, 2007 2:24 pm

This is the situation, I hooked an extra HD in my computer to try out Vista. I unhooked all other drives. I wanted to of course go back to XP so I hooked my other HDs back up and put the Vista one as secondary master. Is there anyway I can dual boot between XP and Vista?
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Post by MKE » Tue May 01, 2007 2:43 pm

i had a setup like that on a machine at school, only between xp and mac osx86.

there's probably a way to do it with a bootloader, but i found it easier to change the boot priority of the drives in the bios.
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Post by Calavera » Tue May 01, 2007 2:58 pm

MKE wrote:but i found it easier to change the boot priority of the drives in the bios.
Hmm... Never thought of that. :)
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Post by melancholy » Tue May 01, 2007 3:15 pm

I tried to create a dual boot with XP, but can never get the stupid thing to install. I have Vista already, and trying to put XP on a seperate drive makes the installer crash every single time.
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Post by Disheveled DrFreeze » Tue May 01, 2007 4:58 pm

i installed vista beta next to XP, and vista autocreated a boot menu letting me choose between xp and vista, even though they were on seperate drives

i think the trick is to install XP first, then install vista

or if you have an vista install you wish to keep, install XP, and try repairing the vista install with the disc, that might work as well
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Post by Roofus » Tue May 01, 2007 5:18 pm

If you can get back to Vista, you can use EasyBCD to dual boot them.
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Post by melancholy » Tue May 01, 2007 6:05 pm

Okay, from what I understand in this topic, here's what I should do:

-Unplug the Vista drive completely
-Install XP on the other hard drive
-Hook the Vista drive back up
-Boot the computer with the Vista disk
-Repair the Vista startup
-Boot into Vista
-Use EasyBCD to add XP to my boot choice

You think this will work?
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Post by Roofus » Tue May 01, 2007 6:17 pm

I've never done it with XP on a different physical drive, but I don't know why it wouldn't work.
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Post by Calavera » Tue May 01, 2007 6:44 pm

Changing the boot priority works good enough for me.
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Post by Dew » Tue May 01, 2007 7:18 pm

When dualbooting Windows systems, you have to install them oldest to newest. But in your case I'd use the recovery console on the newest Windows version you are using and do fixmbr and fixboot then just edit your boot.ini
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Post by melancholy » Tue May 01, 2007 8:19 pm

See, the only problem I've having is that at the exact same point during the XP install the system pops up a BSOD. I am almost positive it has something to do with the Vista install, but the only way to prove it is to unhook the Vista hard drive itself. When I get time later this week, I'll try it again.
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Post by MulletMan13 » Tue May 01, 2007 8:44 pm

Hrmm I just installed Vista on my other partition and its working perfectly... even gives me a nice little (visual) system launcher when I boot up.
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