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boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

Q: boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

Heres the run down:

Hard drive with 3 partitions.

Installed XP first
Installed Vista second

I want to format the XP partition to install a light version.

The XP partition is the Boot partition, so i cant format it.

How do i change the boot partition to be the Vista partition. (what files need moved, where from where to, do they need edited in any way etc)
This is annoying my head!! if i had installed Vista first there would have been no problem i take it!

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!




Problem that occured trying to sort this out, which is fixed

I needed to format the XP partition, but it wouldnt let me, as its partition was the boot partition.

The XP partiton was marked active, so I marked the vista partition as active, and restarted.

Then it just sat trying to boot (flashing _ )

I popped in the vista DVD, hit repair installation.

I ran the startup repair tool, it detected that the boot file was missing. It said it fixed the error, and i restarted the machine.

The same problem is happening..... (flashing _ )

I tried running the startup repair tool again, but it now does not detect any errors.
I used ultimate boot cd to mark the XP partition as active, robooted and it loaded up like it did originally.

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A: boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

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Hello all, new here, my pc config is intel quad 6600, 4gb ram, 2 320gb hd, OS is XP Pro with SP2. Okay I heard people speek highly of Vista and no so highly so I decided to give it a shot and make my own decision.
XP was installed a few weeks ago and is on disk 1 50gig partition, created another 75 for E:Vista Ultimate and have 175 unallocated for now. My other drive is just for games.
At first I used the remaining 250 for Vista the first time. Everything loaded fine was online with Vista was updating drivers and then I rebooted to finish the install for some drivers and the boot options never came up it booted right to XP.
I looked at the partitions and it shows Vista there so I looked in XP boot.ini and it shows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
I checked around and people said to add Vista to it so I did and added this:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate" /fastdetect

It gave the options to now choose one but when I choose Vista the screen goes blank
no cursor or anything, display is 1280x960 someone had suggested that already... Read more

A:Solved: Dual boot XP installed then tried Vista but no boot dual boot options

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I have a computer that came with Vista, and I wanted to dual boot with XP, just because Vista fails at being compatible with a lot of the stuff I use. So I got this guide http://www.syschat.com/dual-boot-vista-xp-vista-already-1946.htmluide (after step 2 there are more pages for the next steps)

All was going good untill I got to the part where I had to install the boot screen right. See the problem is now that Vista is on one partition and XP is on the other, XP is the only operating system that boots. This was to be expected like it said in the tutorial, so I wasn't worried. The problem is at step 3 where I open the command prompt to type in Bootrec.exe /fixMBR and Bootrec.exe /fixBoot. When I do the command Bootrec.exe /fixMBR it works like it was supposed to, but when I follow up with Bootrec.exe /fixBoot it doesn't work. It said to make sure that all drivers are loaded and the volume is not corrupt. Is there a way I can fix this?

I just need it so the boot screen comes up because as of right now I can't boot into Vista because XP doesn't recognize it. Any suggestions on what to do? At this point I don't even care if I have xp or not, I just want to get vista to boot. I am trying diskpatch, but I am not really sure what to do...

On a side note, I installed Windows XP Pro, and can't get the internet to work on it, any tips?


A:Dual Boot with Vista problems

Download Vista Boot Pro 3.3 HERE It can be run from either XP or Vista. Save to your desktop. Open and follow the prompts.

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Hello, i just tried to install XP on top of my vista installation using the instructions found here:


I completed all instructions up to the point where the system reboots after doing the first XP installation phase. My problem is that when it reboots, it should go into XP, but instead it gets stuck on "Verifying DMI Pool Data" on the boot.

I tried restoring the fail-safe settings on the bios and it didn't work. I also tried to use the XP recovery tools on the XP cd, but they wouldn't work because it asked for an admin password which i do not have.

The XP CD i am using is bootleg, i won't lie. However, it should work because it has an unlimited license because it came from an authorized HP/Toshiba service center (not going to tell you how i got it).

Any help would be appreciated! thanks in advance.

A:XP+Vista dual boot problems

As we speak i am attempting recovery with the Vista DVD. I will keep this thread updated.

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Hey guys, back again lol

I am having trouble booting into Vista. I can boot into XP MCE 2005 fine, but when I try and boot to Vista the screen just goes blank and nothing happens or it freezes at the select operating system screen and I have to hard reset.

Here is a copy of my boot.ini file:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista" /fastdetectClick to expand...

Windows Vista is on my C: drive, Windows XP is on my E: drive, and all my data is on my D: drive. It is all a single hard drive that is partitioned. Windows Vista and XP both have their own partitions of the same size, 40GB. The data partition is 220GB in size.

I have tried changing Vista's partition number in the boot.ini with no avail. I have tried 0, 1, and 2. When I try 1 and 2 the screen either goes blank or it freezes at the OS select. When I use 0, it goes to a different screen and says I am missing system32/hal.dll, please install the missing file.

I have also tried changing the commands after the "Microsoft Windows Vista" in the boot.ini. I have tried /fastdetect and /noexecute=optin and both together and it still won't work.

I have also tried replacing the whole Vista boot line with
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A:Dual Boot Problems: Vista and XP

Last time I put XP on with vista....I had to put the Vista disk in (CD-Rom first in boot order) and repair it

And then used EasyBCD1.6


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Hi everyone,
I was trying to dual boot linux when I realised that I did not allow enough space for linux. So after deleting linux I released that it still remained on the dual boot list. So I reinstalled linux and now I have to linux dual boot options + Vista. Oh and the linux option doesn't work (comes up with dos style thing).
If you know how to delete these dual boot options can you please help me.
Thank you

A:Vista Dual boot problems!

Boot into Windows go to Start -> Run and type MSCONFIG and click run. Under boot you should see the 3 boot records. Delete the one that does not work. Make sure you delete the correct one.

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I hope this is in the correct forum, I'm guessing it's Vista-related...

Hopefully someone can shed some light on this for me

I recently bought a new laptop - and have set it to dual boot between the supplied vista OS & a copy of XP.

I was having a problem with it blue screening during booting to XP. On alternate boot ups (with or without going into Vista in the interim) I would get a blue screen, and had to restart the machine - on the second attempt, it would boot XP no problem.

Well now - the good news it has inexplicably stopped blue screening. Hooray.

The bad news, is that the sound drivers in xp have inexplicably stopped working, also.

I have tried reinstalling the drivers, Device Manager doesn't show any obvious problems and yet the previously fully functioning audio is now replaced by internal speaker "beeps" and I cant figure out why...

Thanks guys!


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First My Setup

1 HDD (Vista Insalled) (Just Vista Nothing Else)
1 HDD (XP Installed (4 Partitions Now))
What Have I Got Installed On Them?? Microsoft Updates, VistaBootPro, NIS 2007 (On the XP HDD), Norton 360 (On The Vista HDD) and Sophos Anti Virus (XP Drive) Thats It.

I Have started another thread about this but thinking that it was sorted the thread is now closed. So a Hardware Tech (Eneles) said start a new Thread.

I have done the dual boot before, But for some reason when i partitioned My HDD into 4 parts, The one with XP on, It wont go to the boot manager on starting up, I have reset the VistaBootPro to do it again and did not work, I have reinstalled it and installed the new one and still nothing. I have created a thread on the VistaBootPro website but not much look yet.

If anyone can help or recommend another Boot Loader/Manager that does work with no problems Thanks.

Have A Nice Day. I aint


A:Problems With My Dual Boot (Win XP/Vista)

Hi, Vista has multi boot capabilities.
Click Start>Help & Support>search for multiboot.

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I started with Vista (C:), i am trying to install XP (D:) also for a dual boot, should be no problem, i've done it a couple of times before, but right now i am running into problems. I had the separate partition for XP, installed XP, installed .net framework, then easy BCD, to reinstall the vista mbr.

However the problems have started now, i got error messages about there being no valid entries present, i rewrote the vista mbr anyway, this led to no OS booting, so i put the XP cd back in, pressed r, which led to the that command line-like interface. If i select D: and type in 'fixmbr' and 'fixboot' (which strangely says the target partition is C:, even though i clearly selected D: as the windows installation to log onto) it give me 2 options to boot into XP in the boot manager, the bottom option gives me error message: 'windows could not start because of a computer hardware configuration problem, could not read from selected boot disk, check boot path and disk hardware'. The top option sucessfully boots XP, but that still won't give me back Vista, which is where i want to do most of my work.
I hope i have explained the problem clearly.

A:Dual boot problems with XP and Vista

Fixed it! Downloaded some vista repair disks

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Greetings everyone,

First of all, this looks like a great community and I am looking forward to posting in the future.

Unfortunately, I have to begin with this post...

OK, so I had (and still do have) Vista Home Premium 32bit on my brand new PC, I dual booted this with Ubuntu (which I couldn't care less about right now), I then went to multi-boot it all with XP. And XP has taken over.

So basically this is my situation, when I boot I now only get the choice of Windows XP Professional.

I know that Vista uses BCD for it's booting and XP uses boot.ini. I can see that in my C drive (the one that holds Vista) there is now a boot.ini file.
I have tried (in XP, since it's the only thing I can get into) going into cmd and typing "cd C:\Users\XXX" to get into Vista and then typing "bcdedit", to which it tells me it can't find any such command.

I also looked in Disk Management and I can see that it's set Vista as the system drive and XP as the boot drive.

Experts, unite! I need your help!

Thanks in advance,

A:Please help me. Vista/XP dual boot BIG PROBLEMS

The easiest way I know to fix it is run VistaBootPro. Used to be free but I think it's $8 or so now. In any case, by some means, fix the boot loader so that is uses the Vista boot loader. Here's the stickler. After you fix the boot loader, XP will be in the list, but if you select it on bootup, you will probably get "ntldr missing or corrupt" error. That's because the boot loader expects it to be in the partition where you put XP, but XP when you installed it, put it in C:

Under the i386 directory in the XP install disc should be the 2 files ntldr and ntdetect.com. Boot the XP install disc, enter Repair Console, and copy those 2 files from the install disc to the root of whatever partition has XP. Now when you select XP from the Vista boot loader, it should boot into it without error. All the Vista stuff should already be on C: so that should boot ok if you select Vista.

If you need step by step then google "xp repair console" "ntldr missing or corrupt" and that should get you there. That's how I got there.

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I have a laptop (Dell Inpirion 1525) with Vista already installed. I wanted to also install XP as a dual boot, so I tried to follow the guides on how to do this on the internet.
I have outlined below what I have done so far:
1. I followed the steps in the guides until I got to where I need to "Shrink Volume" of my C: drive (where Vista is installed). My drive is about 100 gb, with just about 50gb used, however, in the "Shrink C" dialogue box, it was only allowing me a max volume of about 4.5 gb to shrink. As I wanted more space for my XP, i decided to find a way to shrink more volume out of the C: drive.
2. I used Easeus Partition Master to resizing/move partition of the C: drive and got 39.07 gb of unallocated space from the C: drive, and left with 60.13 gb Vista. Now, the one issue is that the 39.07 gb unallocated space shows as a logical drive when displayed by Easeus Partition Manager, and it won't allow me to convert this to a primary drive. However, in the Vista disk management window, the 39.07 gb shows as unallocated with the black tab.
3. When I right-click on the 39.07 gb unallocated drive in the Vista disk management window, and select "New Simple Volume", the "New Simple Volume Wizard" pops-up. When I click next, it shows me maximum disk space in mb as 40007, and minimum disk space in mb as 8. When I click next until I get to where I enter Volume label (as XP), and tick Perform a quick format, and then click next... Read more

A:Dual boot Vista with XP problems

Can we get a link to these "guides" you chose to follow?

I would say...start over and read/understand/follow the instructions at http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Installing+XP+After+Vista . I would trust this particular guide, not sure what you read before.


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I have dual booted Windows Xp and Vista, It all worked fine no probs. But I installed Partition Magic on XP and partitioned my drive into 4 Parts, I did do it before but it was in 2 parts.

For some reason now with the 4 parts i cannot dual boot, It goes straight to xp. I was using VistaBootPro for the Boot Manager.

For some reason VistaBootPro no longer let me open it, Due to I do not have administrator rights (Which I am the admin) but it cannot find the user Administrator. I logged out and tryed to log in as the Admin user and i do not have the privlages. Safe Mode does not let me open Vistabootpro.

The version of XP i am using is Home Edition if that helps.

Hope you can help me,


A:Problems With My Dual Boot (Win XP/Vista) [Resolved]

Did you partition the drive with Vista? If so, I believe you have to reinstall VistaBootPro (and maybe tweak the dual boot again - I know you've managed to do it before).

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Hello I currently have installed Vista Ultimate 32-bit. I have been waiting for one piece of software to become 64-bit compatible...and in the last few days, it has become as such (by the way, it is Dragon NaturallySpeaking Legal Ed.).

I want to install Vista 64-bit, but I have many software titles and do not have the time to do a clean install and then reinstall all my software and restore all the data files I need all at once.

I want to take it incrementally, so I was thinking about creating a partition on the Vista OS HDD and start out dual-booting so I can slowly migrate my software from the 32-bit to the 64-bit partition.

When I am done with the software migration, I want to delete the 32-bit partition, leaving only the 64-bit partition.

I am fine with purchasing VistaBootPRO and I already own Acronis Disk Director.

What problems will I have when migrating to 64-bit doing the above?

What things should I be aware of so as to not be surprised?

Is there a better way to do this?

Any suggestions?

Thank you,

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i have dual boot... my first os is vista and now second Xp. But i have problems with internet connections. when i restart pc and change OS i don't have internet connections. sure, if i reset modem then is ok. any info how to fix problem...

A:Vista & Xp dual boot connection problems

Hi, BuzzFuzz, and welcome to the forums.

Are your connections configured identically, or as close to being identical as possible?

Are you using just the modem, or a router as well?

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im new to windows vista and have a couple of problems,

1: i am having sound problems when im playin back mp3s through media player the music stutters and seems to reverb i have looked in the sound options and cant see anythin to change that would help
my soundcard is a soundblaster audigy with vista drivers

2:i tried to install xp after windows vista on seperate hdd, i have managed to get vista to boot again but want my copy of windows xp to dual boot i looked at microsoft website and got this, can any one break this down to an idiots description for me!!!! im not sure if i put in any spaces in the lines and must use capitals and i dont have a clue what this refers to /d "Description for earlier Windows version"

thx to anyone who takes the time to read this

Use Bcdedit.exe to manually create an entry in the BCD Boot.ini file for the earlier version of the Windows operating system. To do this, type the following commands at a command prompt.

Note In these commands, Drive is the drive where Windows Vista is installed.
? Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Description for earlier Windows version"

Note In this command, Description for earlier Windows version can be any text that you want. For example, Description for earlier Windows version can be "Windows XP" or "Windows Server 2003".
? Drive:\Windows\system32\Bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=x:

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A friend of mine has a Compaq Presario PC with Pentium 4 3.2 GHz CPU, 100GB Hard Drive, 1 GB RAM running Vista Home Basic. He created a second partition to place UBUNTU 9.04.

Now we get the following error message at boot time: "Inaccessible_boot_device" and another time when it did some kind of check we read "Primary Master Hard Disk Error"

He doesnot have a separate VISTA disk nor does he have a backup of the system before turning his PC into a dual-boot computer. Don't bother asking any follow up questions as I'm not near the PC now. I'm going to visit it on the 25th of December.

Does anyone have any suggested links to understand how to dig ourselves out of this problem?

Are there any software programs on a bootable disk that can restore the computer to the time before UBUNTU was added?

A:Problems creating Vista/Ubuntu Dual Boot

Hi this is a how to on dual booting vista and ubuntu http://apcmag.com/how_to_dualboot_vi...lled_first.htm

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So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.

A:Boot.ini Problems - Dual Booting 2 Sata Drives - XP - Vista

phaze112 said:

So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

I just can't figure out the correct boot.ini for this to work, here is what I have currently:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista"
I get an missing NTLD message, when I try to boot from Vista, but the XP one works with that configuration.

I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.Click to expand...

The problem is that you have windows xp and vista on a two different hard drives and your BIOS only recognize one bootable hard drive at a time, which is the one you set as your primary hard drive. if you want both OS to be bootable, you need to have vista install on your primary hard drive.

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I am having problems loading linux onto my computer for school... Wouldnt you know that its final week and my other computer that had unix loaded on it died and now I am trying to install unix on my Dell Inspiron 1525 notebook computer. When I start the process it tells me that that it doesnt recognize any hard drives on my computer and ask to find it... When I try to find the computer it just pulls up items on COM Port 3. I have no idea what is going on and how to fix it. Please help!


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If anyone out there can please offer some guidance it would be appreciated & I will take you to dinner if your in the tri-state area!

My Dad passed... When he did he was having problems booting up his computer wich is dual boot (xp/vista32) on one drive ide I believe haven't taken a close look at that drive, plus four other sata drives set in a raid array If I recall this is a raid 10 setup??? Anyway windows downloaded an update for his graphics card. since then the compute goes through the initial boot, identifies all hardwae and then stops at a prompt, it does not go to the windows boot menu nor does any windows flash graphic come up. Instead it hangs at a dead cursor where nothing can be typed in. His graphics card is an asus card with an ati chipset and dual monitors installed. All I want to get at is documents and pictures. To add another twist, the 4 Sata drives are partioned into at minimum 15 virtual drives. He was a Dr. and had things scattered all over for legal, personal, trading, patient, insurance, ect... Hence the number of vitual drives.

The big question is, can I run a vista rescue disk or recovery disc to boot it into windows? Or am I going to lose the XP info or all for that matter?

HELP IS GREATLY APPRECIATED.... I do fairly well with computers and have building/repairing my own since college (1989..am I that old?). My dad was a fanatic with them so he buuilt a new one every year I got out of and when it's too slow I move... Read more

A:Help with XP & Vista 32-bit dual boot: 5 drives, 4 sata raid array 1 boot

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

I am a believer that somebody has come across this if anyone has guidance please help!

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Hi all,

I have a dual boot vista/kbuntu system. I was using windows and was running low of space on my c drive so I thought to compress it.

Upon completion I re-booted my system to only be made aware og the error message that my Windows Boot Files were compressed and so windows could not be booted.

I have some questions relating to this issue for which any knowledgeable input would be greatly appreciated.

1. Why has Microsoft imposed no safety mechanism or warning upon compressing the c drive if this is the result of the action?

2. Why can compressed boot files be booted? This may be a stupid question but I would like to understand.

3. I have been reading on the web for possible solutions to this problem. The most common seems to be to insert the original OS vista cd, boot from it and click repair. I have my vista system set up perfect in terms of programs and data. Will the repair operation preserve this state?

4.Using the CD method above is there any means to uncompress only the boot files and not the whole of the c drive so I can still achieve my original goal of space savings?

5. My system is dual boot. I can stilll load Kbuntu and access my NTFS c drive on the kbuntu desktop. I can even see the specific windows boot files folder. I am new to linux but tried to adopt a windows seasoned approach of right clicking the boot files folder and going into properties and looking for uncompress option there. Suprise suprise no such option there. But since my system... Read more

A:Uncompressing Windows Boot Files in Vista and Kbuntu Dual Boot

It would be useful to know the exact mechanism you used to enact the compression, the extent of what you compressed, as well as the actual error message you now see when trying to boot into Windows.

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Yeah I went and did something stupid. -.- I had a dual boot of Vista/Ubuntu and I deleted the Ubuntu partition in vista and rebooted the comp before correcting the Boot menu. So now when I re-start I get this:

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

I have run just about every test I know of. I'm running a Vista home on a Dell XPS 410.
I've already ran chkdsk, all of Dell's utilities, Windows Vista Startup Repair, etc.
Can someone help please?

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

Okay now I understand what the problem is. The GRUB is looking for a partition that is not there, and the binary isn't matching up. I'm at work right now so I have no way to test to fix it. I just want to make sure I know how before I head home.

fdisk /mbr

I think bootrec.exe /fixmbr and /fixboot will correct my issue. I would like to run it by you guys first.

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I installed Windows 7 on a partitioned harddrive with vista on the other half.

After the installation i have my boot menu with:
Windows 7
Windows Vista

Windows vista still works but when i try and load windows 7 i get a boot error message:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling a number of times, trying the 32 and 64 bit version, and setting the partition to active... with zero results. Ive been googling my problem for days and haven't found a single thing that has been useful. Please help me out if you have heard of this problem happening or have any idea why it is happening.
Please get back to me.

the funk

A:dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

try to check the Windows 7 partition for bad sectors (using checkdisk).

if that doesn't help, maybe you will need to rebuild the BCD. Use the bootrec command.

How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista/7

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Okay so I didn't screw up everything, but I can't get my boot menu situation straight. I have a dual boot of windows xp pro and windows vista business. I used EasyBCD to edit my boot menu, this way my boot menu listed Windows XP and Windows Vista and it would default to Windows XP. The problem now is that I can access F8 options on windows vista, but not on windows xp. I messed around with my boot.ini for xp, but can't get it to do what i want it to do.

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

When the boot.ini is listed as above, it will automatically just go to Windows XP. I want to have my F8 options back in case I need to get into safe mode. I modified the boot.ini to do this -

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
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A:Dual Boot Windows Xp + Vista Boot Menu issues

This is all you should need to start XP. I suggest lowering the "timeout" to 3 or less. To access your F8 options you should do so immediately after starting the XP-os. (right after this "boot loader" processes.)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT

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vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot? currently running XP on one drive and Vista64 on another with good success with Vistas built in dual boot.

Because of Vista64 compatibility issues (darn it) with much of my software, I need to install Vista32.

I have 3 drives so I want to move V64 to the smallest one and just use for my remote control helicopter simulator, fantastic on V64. Then install Vista HP 32 bit on the third drive ending up with:

XP pro
Vista 32 Home Premium
Vista 64 Home Premium

on 3 separate drives. Will Vista's dual boot function work in this configuration?


A:vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot?

Im not sure about booting vista64 and 32 but i do know triple boot is possible
HOWTO: Triple-Boot Ubuntu 6.06, Windows Vista, and Windows XP - Ubuntu Forums

I will be watching this thread closely, it sound like fun

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I've been dual booting between vista and linux for a while, but not really using linux at all, so I recently installed windows xp x64 on the linux disk for some program that was giving me grief in vista.

And now I can't boot into vista, upon booting it says "Error Loading Operating System". I've tried startup repair on the vista disc, fixmbr using the recovery console on the XP disc and resetting the BIOS values.

I can't get it to work does anyone have any ideas?

Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 (overclocked to 3.4 GHz)
Vista x86 SP1 on 500 GB SATA disk
Windows XP x64 SP2 on 120 GB IDE disk
Mobo: ASUS P5k-E (WiFi AP)
ATI HD3650

Any help is greatly appreciated.

A:Windows Dual Boot, Vista disk won't boot

read up on this http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_v...step_guide.htm

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This may be obvious but I don't want to muck things up
My system started off as Vista 64 bit and then I added Win 7 64 bit as a dual boot with the MBR in the Vista partition
What I would like to do is to add an SSD onto which I would migrate the existing Win 7 partition and make it bootable as a stand alone installation. Once this has been done I would add Win 10 to the SSD as a dual boot (a Win 10 Pro OEM is dirt cheap)

A:How to move from Win 7/Vista dual boot to single boot on an SSD

Should have looked at the help suggestions How to convert from dual boot to single boot 2 HDDs - Win 7 & Vista64
Now fixed

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i have dell laptop with vista as primary and i have installed xp as a second OS and it worked fine as a dual boot system and
Recently i was formatted vista and installed now the peoblem arises i can boot into vista but whe i press the xp it shows the message

status: 0xc000000f

Info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is misssing or corruptClick to expand...

i couldn't find the files boot.ini ,ntldr,ntdetect.com in my system............
pls help me i have lot of applications in my xp

A:XP won't boot in dual boot system with Vista as primary

You should try reinstalling XP

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I was asked for a SP3 disc when I went to install the XP onto it's own partition. I didn't have it so I cancelled, now my Vista machine won't boot into Vista. It keeps auto-booting to the XP side and getting stuck at the same point with the SP3 disc.

I tried hitting F11 for recovery at system boot, but it just ignores me and goes back to the XP install screen, asking for the disc.

What can I do? I don't care about wiping the Vista or the XP and starting with a clean Vista install. The copy of XP can go into the disc collection, because I only did this for kicks....now I just want my Vista install running.

I just don't know how to get the Vista to load....if possible, and if not, I don't know what to do to clean install Vista without the recovery option. I don't have the Vista disc, like most computers these days. This is also my roommate's old PC, and he never made any recovery boot discs.....he is not PC adept at all.

Any advice is greatly appreciated. If I can just get Vista back up and avoid re-installing everything, I would really like that, but a clean install or re-install is not out of the question. Thanks ahead of time.

A:Screwed up XP dual-boot install, now can't boot Vista

Download and burn to CD the Vista Recovery Disk for your bit-version: Windows Vista Recovery Disc Download — The NeoSmart Files

Boot the CD, accept any offered repair, if it fails to start Vista then boot back in to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots.

If this fails you'll need to mark Vista partition Active to make the Repairs work: Partition - Mark as Active

To get a graphic picture of what is happening to mark Vista partition Active easier, use free Partition Wizard bootable CD. I would rightclick>wipe the XP partition first.

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My System has an Athlon XP 1.4 GHz Processor, 768 Mb Ram, and 2 IDE harddrives.

I started off with Windows XP Home, which was pre-loaded on the original 40 Gb IDE Hard drive.

Then I installed a second 200 Gb IDE drive, partitioned the drive into 3 partitions, and installed XP PRO into the first one. Dual boot works fine for home and pro operating systems.

Finally I installed Windows Vista Home edition into , which completed with no errors.

Both XP Pro and Home edition operating systems are still working but when windows vista is selected from the multi boot menu the following error messages are displayed and vista will not boot.

File : \windows\system32\winload

Status: 0xC0000001

Info: The Selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

Putting the installation disk (as the instructions say) to do a repair has no effect, and the installation DVD works fine on my other machine.

Could the problem be related to the boot drive (40Gb Drive) being different to to the Vista installation drive (200Gb Drive)?

A:Dual Boot, First XP Home, Then XP Pro, Finally Vista, but no Vista boot.

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hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?


A:Dual boot with Linux mint giving boot problems

Quote: Originally Posted by ucma

hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?


From the Linux Mint forum.
you used the Linux partitioner to re-size the NTFS partition,
then that can often mess us the windows file structure.

it's generally recommended, to use the windows Disk Management program:
http://www.disk-partition.com/resource/ ... dows7.html
to re-size the NTFS partition first, in order to get some 'free space'.

then use the Linux installer's 'something else' option to point to that free space.

so now, in order to repair the windows boot loader,
you... Read more

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hi all!

I tried to install Linux mint 14 along with Windows7 Professional on Compaq 420 laptop using UUI (universal usb installer).

During installation of mint it did not show the option of 'installing alongside existing OS', so i went with 'something else' option at the end.
Freed up space and installed it in my second partition of 100GB with root, swap and home.

Finally after restarting it showed the grub and linux is working fine, but when i try to boot windows it gives an error 'cx0000224' stating that it cannot load windows boot manager and try putting the image cd or installation cd of windows or contact manufacturer in case of not having the installation cd.

I do not have the installation cd anymore but luckily have saved my work externally.

I think i messed up big time, Pl. let know if there is a way to revert back and get my original windows software running again?


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I'm searched around for possible clues or solutions for what's going on with my system. No luck.

I have a win7 and xp dual boot. They had been working fine, until one day I couldn't get on XP anymore. It'd just freeze while loading, whether it is safe mode, normal, you name it.
I had to do a system restore on the Win7, because of a video card problem.. now I can't get on it either. It works 1 out of 50 times. After doing more and more restores and trying to go in safe mode etc etc..

All that aside, for some reason now I can't seem to boot anything out of my CD Drives. I switch up the order, have switched them, tried only one, switched IDE cables, they work on windows.. they just don't seem to boot anything. I've tried several self boots dics now. Nothing.
Any idea on how this issue? I certainly appreciate it.
Thank you.

A:CD Drives boot problems (win7/xp dual boot)


Have you tried a Startup Repair?


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I have a PC with a Intel D850EMV2 motherboard. It has 1024MB of Samsung RAMBUS memory. With Windows XP Pro installed on my C: drive I installed Windows Vista Ultimate on the D:
drive in a dual boot setup. Then when I restarted it the first time it would not boot up. I get the NTLDR missing error. Then I put in my XP install cd and got into the setup repair. Then I typed in fixboot and let setup fix the boot and restarted my PC. Now I can boot into XP but not Vista. Now I have lost my dual boot .ini file. I cannot boot into vista. I figured it would be a waste of time to go through the same routine again... it was. I got the same results. Has anyone had and fixed this problem?

A:XP Won't Boot After Vista Dual Boot Installation

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My PC come with vista64bit, may registered it ? by this way I get free Email support on windows & networking PCs in windows FROM MICROSOFT ? including setting up wireless and wired networks via ADSL MODEMS ?

I have dual boot PC [VISTA 32BIT & 64BIT]:
The below hardware does not function in 64bit but no problem at 32bit[drivers in device manager appear with a yellow icon-explanation mark] is needed drivers only ? I must register all products and after registration-success seek for drivers ? I must download drivers [since ethernet card/internet do not work in 64bit] from 32bit, save on HDD and after boot from 64bit, run them ? Is needed restart after each installation, or after all installation is ok ?

problems only in 64bit vista drivers


A:I have dual boot PC [VISTA 32BIT & 64BIT]---problems only in 64bit vista drivers

Hi Ise,

Yes, it's recommended to restart your operating system after each driver installation.
Please remember to install drivers running them as administrator.

Hope I could help...

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Actually it's a quad boot but I am sure the principle is the same.

I formatted and reinstalled my main Vista default system and now, although I can access the 2 Win 7 partitions OK, I can't boot into them.

I get a black screen with a lot of writing and...


status 0xC0000428

Windows cannot verify digital signature for this file.

Am using EasyBCD 2.0 and none of it's repair functions have helped.

I vaguely remember this happening a while back with XP/Win 7 dual boot on my netbook and I did something with the Win 7 DVD if I recall correctly....the trouble is I can't remember what.

A:Dual Boot Vista/Win 7 - Can't Boot to Win 7 After Vista Reinstall


You may want to try Command Prompt @ Startup (option 2) and typing FIXMBR generally tends to FIX the Master Boot Record.

Doing this could reduce functionality of your Vista partition but has worked in similar situations in the past

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Hi all. I'm feeling desperate on the edge of being able to cry right now.

This is the third time I've attempted to install a dual-boot XP on my preinstalled-Vista laptop, and the third time that I've failed due to the lack of a XP sound driver for my laptop (Gateway MT3708). Each time, I have used Vista Boot Pro with mixed success.

However, this time around, I first used Acronis to create my XP partition, instead of Vista's Disk Management. When I got into XP, this is how my drive layout looked:

E: 90 GB (Vista partition)
C: 10 GB (XP partition)
D: 10 GB (Vista's Recovery partition thing)

I used Vista Boot Pro to try and get myself back into Vista after failing again at my XP installation. I installed the Vista bootloader and ran the diagnostic. This is what it looked like to the best of my memory:

Microsoft Home Premium (recovered) - E:
Microsoft Longhorn blah blah blah (recovered) - D:

The second entry was weird, because that was my recovery partition, and XP was not on the list. But at this point I was only concerned about getting back into Vista, so I rebooted.

When I started up, I got a blinking black screen after the Bios much to my horror. No nothing, and no way to get into either Vista or XP. I tried Vista Recovery's Startup Repair to no avail. Now I have no idea what to do, and I am at the point where the panic is seriously rising quickly in my gut and swear words are flying out of my mouth at the rate of five per second. Please help.

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A:After trying to set up dual-boot, can't boot into Vista OR XP!! Help!

The Beef

I have not seen this particular error before, but the black screen at bootup suggests that Vista`s boot files/MBR are trashed. The missing partition also makes me wonder about a problem there too.

Try fixing the boot files first
Go to the link below, and scroll down to
Step 3 - Fix Boot Loader:

Try this method using the command prompt.
Press ENTER between the two commands


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i'm new to this forum so... Hello everyone!

well i have a very simple problem, i bought an alienware pc about 3 months ago i put in it as much hardware as i could afford, i ended up with an intel 2.66 ghz quad, 2 geforce 8800 gtx, 4 gig of ram, a 500 gig boot mirror raid and a 250 gig storage mirror raid.
Because most of my programs only run on xp i payed a little extra to have it with xp... yes it actually cost more!

and here is where the nature of my problem is... as it happens 32 bit OS's cant allocate more than 3 gigs of ram including video ram... so right now i'm only using 2.5 gigs of ram and 500mb of video ram... which is less than half of what i actually payed for

so naturally i need to install windows vista 64 bit... but i want to dual boot it with xp, i've read loads of tutorials on dual booting xp and vista on partitions and separate drives and it all seems very straight forward, but they never mention tackling dual boot on separate raids.
what sort of problems can i expect with this setup?? will i need to install raid drivers for vista?? will i need to unplug the raid where xp is installed?? will the processor even be able to run at 64 bit??

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I have dual boot in my laptop with Ubuntnu 14.04 LTS and Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit. Today after working on Ubuntu I restarted and switched to Windows and as soon as it logged in I noticed the battery was 0%. I thought maybe it was some kind of glitch or something (silly me!) so I just pulled the power supply and the laptop abruptly turned off. My laptop battery is completely dead now...won't charge at all and after that incident when I tried to log back into Windows it showed this error:

Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:

1.Insert your Windows installation disc and restart the computer.
2.Choose your language settings, and then click "Next".
3.Click "Repair your computer."

If you do not have this disc, contact your system administrator or computer manufacturer for assistance.

Status: 0xc000000f

Info: The boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible.

I don't have an installation disc, I tried pressing F8 and none of the options there helped. Ubuntu still works totally fine though. So I'm guessing it is not some hard drive crash and my data are fine in Windows but I just can't boot into it! Please Help!!

A:Dual Boot: Win7: Boot Manager Status: 0xc000000f boot selection failed

Are you using GRUB2 as bootmanager and is windows one of the options? Or do you start ubuntu from the win7 boot menu?

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I have a dual boot installation with Windows XP and Windows 7 on the same drive with two partitions. Both work just fine.

However most times that I boot from a cold boot, I get NO Boot options menu, just a blank screen and the hard drive light glows red, but it doesn't really seem to be doing anything.

If I press the reset switch, everything works just fine, the computer reboots, I get a boot options menu for selecting the operating system and either one boots up just fine.

If I shutdown the machine for any period of time, I'll get the blank screen until I do a hard reset.

It seems like the boot loader is not finding the ini file with the options, but only on a cold boot? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Windows 7 Dual Boot No Boot Options Menu on Cold Boot

Long shot, but could it possibly be a dead CMOS battery?

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I am trying to dual boot with 2 different hard drives and 2 different systems. One is Vista x64 and the other is Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. After installing the hard drive with Windows 7 which came from a different computer, I used EasyBCD to configure the boot order. Windows vista still works, but when I want to switch to Windows 7 I get:

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
info: windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

After some search I have found this old thread from this same forum. Here is the link: dual boot windows 7 and vista boot error winload.exe

The Op seems to have similar problem as me. I just don't get all the follow up instructions in the thread dealing with bootrec since I haven't encountered it before (I think...). Any thoughts?

A:Dual boot windows vista and windows 7 boot error winload.exe

The best way to Dual Boot OS's on separate HD's is to set the preferred OS HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, then when needed trigger the other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

If this is not desireable, then set Win7 HD as Primary HD and first HD to boot in BIOS setup, install easyBCD to Win7 to add XP.

Before doing this delete any EasyBCD listing for the other HD you've already made in Edit OS Menu tab.

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Hi all. I am having some problems I am hoping I may be able to get some advice on. I have a new laptop that came with Windows Vista. Model is Toshiba Satellite #A205-S7464. I have been trying to load it with Windows XP because Windows Vista kind of sucks for my computing needs. I am pretty sure a format and clean install will wreck my warranty, hence the dual boot. So far, I have been able to partition and install XP SP-2 to a partition. I've booted into XP fine but my Vista partition is not available. I think that the partition table or MBR has been corrupted.
So to repair this, what I did was boot up from the Vista recovery DVD and run the 'startup repair' option to reload the bootloader for Vista and thus, enable dual booting. When I rebooted I got a black screen saying 'Invalid Partition Table' or something to this effect. I tried repairing the MBR and so on and so forth from the console on the recovery DVD but this proved to be pretty much totally fruitless. So I went through and did an install of Windows XP once again, to my other drive partition I had created. So I am basically where I started. I need to know if somebody knows how I can repair the drives MBR or partition table to make it readable under Windows to at least pull my important files off of, or to boot into. Any ideas would be enormously appreciated. Attached I will include a visual of what's up with my hard drive situation.

Thank you, Jacob

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A:Repair boot loader and MBR Windows XP and Windows Vista dual boot


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I would like to........wait for it..........

'Install XP on a separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - with no Vista DVD'

There, I think that says it all. I bought the HP Pavillion dv9000 with Vista preinstalled - no installation CD or anything, just a partition for emergency recovery. Now, I do a lot of music technology and there are so many hardware/software issues regarding audio that I would like to have a seperate XP os to boot into for this purpose.

The question is: can this be done without a Vista installation disc? After all, why would I have the disc when it is preinstalled? And no, I dont want to have to download it from a cheap torrent site.

-I have the second HD for XP
-I have my old XP installation disc and registration
-I can disable SATA from the BIOS
-I can get the XP drivers for the laptop (it used to ship with XP, if I am correct)

Please help, I seem to be spending most of my life trying to configure the damn thing than being productive.

A:Install XP on separate disk to preinstalled Vista for dual boot - no vista dvd

My HP Pavilion that came with Vista, didn't do what my XP did nicely, although with much better hardware. I'm an artist/photographer, now, so mostly use Photoshop and Painter,
and preferred XP, which worked nicer with my color management. Here's what I did, and
hope this helps anyone else after all the web searching I did and found this entry. Decided to register to post a reply, thinking better late than never.

With the decline in HDD prices, I got a Western Digital 500GB disk to put XP on to dual boot with the existing 500GB Vista. Don't plan on using the WD data Lifeguard software, but you won't need it. The new drive had only the flat SATA for power connection, but the Hitachi it came with had Molex, also for power. Since the PC had only 1 SATA power plug, daisy chained with 2 other molex, I switched them and have both discs together (or you can buy an adapter). You may also need to supply an SATA cable as mine came with none, but WD can tell you from your order number. Now with 2 disks, I booted Vista and using the Disk Management screen (control panel>administrative tools>compuer management>disk management) you can find your blank disk and format it by right clicking on it. Easy enough.

Now boot the XP install CD. This was easy with my BIOS, ESC, for boot device choice.
But first, to avoid SATA problems using F10 for SETUP, use the advanced tab and change
the SATA property to IDE. LOTS easier than F6 later, and finding the right dr... Read more

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With the help of this forum and the Partition Wizard I have successfully installed Windows 7 64 bit on a separate partition (H) on my hard drive and I now have a dual boot system. The other partition (C:OS) runs Vista 32 bit OS.

The problem I have is that all my programs, files and settings are on the Vista partition. So I would like to remove Vista and merge the two partitions so that Windows 7 has access to my existing data and programs.

I have read a number of threads re merging, etc but I can't find one that specifically refers to my issue.

Thanks for your help.

A:Removing Vista from Dual Boot but retaining progs on Vista partition

Hi Paul, welcome to the Seven Forums.

Your issue is a typical upgrade issue, Internet in general and our forums in particular are full of advice in how to do it. As there's no way you can transfer your installed programs to your new Windows 7 installation, you have exactly two options.

Option 1, finish what you have already started:Copy your personal files from Vista partition to respective folders on Seven partition. You can do it manually or for instance using Windows Easy Transfer. Notice that your installed programs will not work on Seven even if you copy them and their folders to Seven
Delete the Vista partition
Use the free space (old Vista partition) to increase the size of the Seven partition
Re-install all your programs

Option 2, start from beginning:Do an in-place upgrade install, installing Seven on top of your Vista instead of clean install to another partition as you have done now. This option keeps all your installed programs and files exactly where there are now, no need to re-install them


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I have two drives (C and D) with Vista on one and Win 7 on the other (not sure if they're actual drives or partitions of a single drive, how do I tell?). I am dual booting and never use Vista. Starting to need the disk space and want to delete Vista. Is this difficult in this scenario?

A:Remove Vista from Vista / Win7 Dual Boot - Separate Drives

No, shouldn't be difficult.

Post a screen shot of Windows Disk Management so we can see your setup.

Get to disk management by typing those 2 words into the start button search box.

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Managed to install XP Pro OK as per guidelines and it boots OK either to Vista or XP. Sound OK in Vista, however, when in XP I have no sound. I'm at a loss as to what I need to do to get sound going in XP, so if anyone here can help would appreciate it very much.

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I have a Dell XPS 730x with 4 internal harddrives (2 are WD Raptor drives). I'm currently running Vista Home Premium x64 that came with the system on 1 Raptor and want to try Vista Ultimate x64 on the other Raptor. My questions are:

1. Can I do this as long as I can select which drive to boot from without problems with the MBR?

2. If it's not as simple as selecting the boot drive, what software do you recommend to edit the BCD? I know of 2, Easybcd and VistaBootPro.

Thanks in advance for any input,

A:Dual Boot Vista Home Premium and Vista Ultimate?

this does work to dual boot vista, just install ultimate on a second hard drive to be safe

The installation options

You can approach the dual-boot installation operation in one of two ways -- by cold booting from the Windows Vista DVD or by inserting the Windows Vista DVD while Windows XP is running. As you can imagine, you'll encounter slightly different introductory screens depending on which approach you use, but once you get stared the operation is essentially the same.
While both methods will produce the same result, I prefer the cold booting from the DVD method. The main reason is that you don't have to worry about any interference from antivirus/antispyware/firewall software on your existing Windows XP installation.
Performing the installation

Once you have your second partition or second hard disk operational, just insert your Windows Vista DVD, restart the system, and boot from the DVD. Once the system boots from the DVD, Windows Vista?s Setup will begin loading and will display the screen shown in Figure A.
Figure A:
Windows Vista?s Setup will take a few moments to load files before the installation actually commences. In a few moments, you?ll see the screen that prompts you to choose the regional and language options, as shown in Figure B. As you can see, the default settings are for U.S. and English and if that?s you, you can just click Next to move on.
Figure B:
The default settings on the regional and language screen are for the U.S. a... Read more

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