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

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

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?

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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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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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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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Hi all,

I've read everything I could find on this forum and tried all the fixes w/o success. Here's the rundown:
I have a Win7 machine that runs fine. Created a second partition C: for dual-booting Win 8.1. After a clean install, I got the following error when trying to boot into 7:

Status 0xC0000428
The digital signature for this file could not be verified

Win8 boots fine.

Tired all the usual stuff w/o success (a partial list):

Windows repair (it doesn't find any problems)bootrec /fixmbrbootrec /fixbootbootrec /rebuildBCDbcdedit.exc /store c:\windows\system32\winload.efi /set loadoptions ddisable_integrity_checkbcdedit.exe /set testing onTried EasyBCD to reassign \windows\system32\winload.efi to another version/copy located in \windows\system32\boot.I've tired reassigning the bootloader paths using EasyBCD and from a Windows recovery command prompt ("bcdedit.exe /set {f1368352-7a2a-11e3-934f-88b9245c9fb7} path \Windows\system32\boot\winload.efi).I've copied both winload.efi and .exe from another folder with the same results and unpacked the files from my Win7 DVD and using them. Same error message.

The funny thing is, when I do this last "fix" I get exactly the same error.

But things get even weirder. I tried restoring an image made of my Win7 OS (made before attempting dual-boot) back to the first partition, alongside the Win8 partition, thinking that this might fix my Win7 loading problem. What happened was that Win7 loa... Read more

A:Dual-Boot 7 & 8 Winload.efi 428 Error

I suppose a couple of questions.

Is the 4 TB drive configured as GPT?

Was Windows 7 a UEFI install before Windows 8 came along?

Are you trying to use the Windows 8 Secure Boot mode?

Could you attach the text file, or zip and attach from the following command in an Administrative command prompt.

bcdedit /enum all > %userprofile%\Desktop\bcdtext.txt

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Sorry to ask this if it has been asked a million times. Have hunted around on the forums here did not find my exact problem.

I have a computer with 7 installed, and followed the guide on these forums to set up a partition with XP. I installed EasyBCD, and get the initial black screen that allows me to select which system I want to boot with. However, when I select the XP partition, it tells me that it can't find winload.exe and to insert my installation disc. All of this being done, upon restarting I get the same error. No problems whatsoever running 7.

I'm a complete noob to dual-booting, so please go easy...ask me any additional info or screenshots that I may not have thought of mentioning that might help you help me lol. Thanks in advance.

A:Dual boot & and XP winload error

Did you install EasyBCD 2.0 to XP in order to Add Win7 to the Dual Boot menu?

Make sure you are using version 2.0. If not install it in Win7 then Edit Boot Menu to remove XP entry. Next use Add tab to add XP back, accept offered boot files, autocompletes, Save, Restart.

If this fails, post back a screenshot of your full Disk management drive map using Snipping Tool in Start menu, attach file using paper clip in Reply box.

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Something with horribly wrong. After a Windows 7 update I am now getting a Winload.exe error in both Windows 7 and 8. I tried to repair using the Windows 8 install CD but with no success. I reinstalled 8 to it's partition with the same results.

I think the problem is this...
Windows 7 was installed to drive 0 partition 1
Windows 8 was installed to drive 1 partition 0

When I installed Windows 8, it loaded it's own boot loader and did so on drive 0 (the Windows 7 drive). When Windows 7 updated, something went very wrong and the Windows 8 boot loader got messed up.

Being unable to install Windows 8, I disconnected all drives but the Windows 8 drive and installed Windows 7. Thus I am currently running on the clean install of Windows 7 with drive 1 now operating as drive 0.

When I put drive 0 back to it's position, I get the same Winload.exe error.

Question is, how do I restore the Windows 7 boot loader to drive 0 and get rid of all traces of the Windows 8 bootloader that is trying to load when my main drive is connected as drive 0?

For the moment, I have given up on Windows 8 as it didn't have many of my apps installed.


A:Winload.exe error & Windows 8 boot loader


Normally I would have just deleted this but the solution wasn't one that I could not find so I will list it here.

!!! First try the recommended fixes which are to run the Windows repair feature on the installation CD, and/or copy over the winload.exe file and bootmgr files.

However if that fails, here is what worked for me and it's not for the faint of heart! So if you loose all your data don't blame me.

1) Disconnect the main drive and install a clean version of Windows to a secondary drive connected to SATA 0. (7 or 8 doesn't matter)
2) Once Windows is running, shut down and connect the problem drive to SATA 1.
3) Start the clean install of Windows and go to the Disk Manager.
4) Located the System Reserve on the problem drive (Disk 1) and simply deleted it.
5) Shutdown and disconnect the temp Windows drive and reconnect the problem drive to SATA 0 with the now deleted System Reserve partition.
6) Boot the system from the Windows installation disc and run the repair.

This time it will work and Windows will recreate the System Reserve partition and all the proper files.
Because I had a dual boot in to Windows 8, I had to use EasyBCD Edit to remove the now defunct Windows 8 partition but this didn't stop the system from booting and now works perfectly.

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Hi all
A couple of days ago I hit an error with a dual boot setup which existed for some months. The dual boot entry was missing and I could not repair/refresh/reset with any install disk. Chckdsk and sfc /scannow from the other partition and from the install disk repair command prompt did not help. The dual boot partition was locked. EasyBCD did not provide a solution either.
After a lot of searching I did come across this you-tube and it provided the solution.
To repeat :
Start-up with install disk and commence with "repair your computer" and follow to command prompt.

X:\sources> bootrec /scanos
X:\sources>bcdedit /export D(the failing partition): \BCDBKP01
X:\sources>ren D:\boot\hcd hcd2.old
X:\sources>bootrec /scanos
X:\sources>bootrec /rebuildbcd

I hope that showing/linking a solution here might be handy for someone in trouble.

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Everytime I turn on my computer and it asks me to select what windows to load (vista, 7 (I Don't have dual boot set up though??) and I do Windows 7, it does not Boot and gives me the winload.exe error message in my title. I have read alot here but been unable to fixc the problem, maybe hard disk? Help would be great.

I have a M3A32-MDP, AMD Phenom II quad840, two maxstore 300gb hard disk set up for RAID1

A:Windows 7, winload.exe error:0x00000e9, Boot failure

Please read through this thread: Windows 7, winload 0x00000e9 I/O error . You will get a list of diagnostic tests you could try to see if the hard drive is recoverable. For that OP the replacing the hard drive was his solution.

The first things to try is to run CHKDSK /R from a command prompt in Windows. Then run a hard drive diagnostic program - one downloaded from the hard drive manufacturer that boots from a CD - to test the drive.

You want to determine whether the hard drive is bad or the W7 installation is bad.

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One day I downloaded a program for converting audio files. I scanned it for viruses and it came up clean when I opened the exe file nothing happened, then my screen went black and nothing happened. I then shut down the pc and restarted it. When it got to loading windows i would get Winload.exe error and then i would click enter and It would say Vista Home Premium(recovered) and i would click enter and then it would go back to the main menu. Then I put in my Oem vista disk and went into bios and put CD drive to boot priority. When I went into the install vista menu I did the repair thing twice and both times it didnt work. Then I used my key to install Vista but before I installed it I found that it said all my files would be deleted, so I cancelled the instalation.

What do I do now, I dont want to lose my files. Also a have another pc would it be possible to put the hardrive in my other pc and copy all the files and then reinstall windows, or is there any other way. Would appreciate a response ASAP.

A:Vista won't boot: Winload error.

Hi, boot from the Vista DVD (like you have before) and this time select command prompt at the prompt type:-

Bcdedit ?store c:\boot\BCD ?set GUID path \windows\system32\Boot\winload.exe
Restart computer.

Note:- assumes C is your OS drive if not change.

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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'm running Vista Home Premium (32-bit) on a dual-hard drive system.

Several days ago I was suddenly unable to boot the system - "file: \Windows\Boot\Bcd is missing or corrupt...".

I booted to the Vista DVD & ran 'bootrec.exe /fixmbr' and 'bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd'.

Upon reboot, the message now read, "Error 0xc000000f File: \Windows\System32\winload.exe...(etc.)"

So then I tried to rebuild the Vista bootloader by following these steps:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force
del C:\boot\bcd
bcdedit /createstore c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit.exe /store c:\boot\bcd.temp /create {bootmgr} /d "Windows Boot Manager"
bcdedit.exe /import c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit.exe /set {bootmgr} device partition=C:
bcdedit.exe /timeout 10
del c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit.exe /create /d "Windows Vista" /application osloader
bcdedit.exe /set {GUID} device partition=C:
bcdedit.exe /set {GUID} osdevice partition=C:
bcdedit.exe /set {GUID} path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
bcdedit.exe /set {GUID} systemroot \Windows
bcdedit.exe /displayorder {GUID}
bcdedit.exe /default {GUID}

Here is where it gets a bit convoluted:

As I mentioned, I have 2 physical HDDs. Vista is installed on the C: drive, while the other (D: ) is my data drive.

After I followed the steps above & the system still wouldn't boot, I ran the Startup Repair tool just to see what symptoms or errors it would report, with the result being "Co... Read more

A:Solved: Vista Boot Error (winload.exe)

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I've installed Win 7 on my Laptop. But when I launch (without booting from Bootable USB), it gives me an error:
File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Status: 0xc0000428
Info: Windows cannot verify the digital signature for this file.

The problem is when I boot from my Bootable USB it acts normal. Like nothing is wrong. It's just normal Windows 7 like I'm used to.

I searched on other topics but it seems that everyone issue is fixed by using the bootrec using the bootable DVD. Although I can't access that since I'm using an USB AND when I boot using my USB it's acting normal.

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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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Hi, I have a Win7 install that I had not used since January since I was testing Win10 (on a separate drive)
The Win7 install is a dual boot where XP x64 resides on a 300GB Cheetah drive connected to a RAID controller.
Since it's the boot drive it has the Win7 boot manager on it, including the C:\BOOT directory for Win7 and C:\NTLDR for XP x64
Win7 resides on a 4TB RAID5 array and shows up as drive D: when Windows has finished booting.

I booted it up for the first time since January, applied all 60 Windows updates and when I rebooted I was greeted with the error: winload.exe 0xc0000098 "File: \Windows\system32\winload.exe"
"Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt"
Pressing "F8" on the boot menu for Win7 just raised the same error message.

So I fired up my Win7 SP1 DVD and ran a chkdsk for both drives C: and D: but it did not fix anything.
Next I tried bootrec /ScanOs & /RebuildBcd but it found no missing entries.
So I tried /FixMbr & /FixBoot and rebooted but it made no difference.

Next I tried to run an offline sfc scan, but it could not continue due to pending operations.
So I renamed the file D:\Windows\WinSxS\Pending.xml and that allowed me to continue.
To be on the safe side I ran it in "verify mode": sfc /verifyonly /offbootdir=C:\ /offwindir=D:\Windows
But it found no corrupted files.

Next I renamed the C:\BOOT\BCD file and created a new one using bootrec, but thi... Read more

A:Win7 boot manager raises error: winload.exe 0xc0000098 after Windows Update

Sounds like one of the boot drives has failed. If you can get into the Control Panel while in the Safe mode, try changing the OS boot order in SYSTEM, Advanced System Settings, Settings

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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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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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Hi there guys,

Originally i had windows 7 installed on my laptop and i had four partitions on my computer.

C - Windows 7 installed system,primary parition
D - logical partition - where windows xp was installed
E - logical parition - where my documents word files and so on
K - 160gb for applications to be installed (primary partition, system)

i installed windows xp on drive D after formatting and everything was working but when i installed easybcd to add windows 7 to boot...i encountered a problem. I cannot have xp + win7 together in the boot due to windows xp installed on a logical partition and its boot file is in a unknown primary partition. I Decided to convert Drive K to Logical and Drive D(XP INSTALLED) to primary. After my computer restarted., it brought up a new error saying no boot device(S) FOUND...

i ran windows 7 setup cd to repair but no operating system was found....i ran cmd repair typed in bootrec.exe /scanos - it found windows 7 then i tried bootrec.exe /fixboot - not working, tried /rebuildmbr computer restarted but same error. I Ran windows XP CD it said no installation sources available/found that means no harddrive. however windows 7 setup repair option i saw all the drives but i can't install a freash copy of windows on any of partitions.

Can anyone help me with this problem. what i have done wrong and how can i fix a problem like this...
thanks in advance


A:windows 7 b& xp dual boot and no boot device found error

Sounds to me that you now have no system (boot) partition. If you can't fix this (mark one of the partitions "system" or "boot") with the Windows 7 installation DVD or the XP installation CD use a bootable partitioning program, such as GParted.

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I have a laptop I bought a year ago on which a created a dual boot Win 7 (32bit)/Win XP SP3 install, each on a separate partition. It was my first Win 7/XP dual boot install, and my first personal system that I allowed to have a Win 7 install on it at all, so although I have plenty of experience working on pretty much every previous version of Windows, I have very little experience with Win 7 and dual boot configs.

Today about 2 hours ago my audio spontaneously stopped worked for no good reason, so after shutting down each program to see if that cured it (which it didn't), I restarted the system. Out of the blue, for the first time I've ever experienced it, I received the msg "MBR Error 1" - Press any key to boot from floppy. I don't have a floppy of course on my laptop, and if I press any key I simply get the same msg. I turned the system off for a few minutes to make sure it was a good cold boot, but every time I still get the same msg. I tried switching the BIOS setting from IDE to AHCI (IDE is required for XP to boot, AHCI required for Win 7), but I still get the same error msg before I'm even prompted with the OS boot selection, so it made no difference of course.

I looked up this issue and found various suggestions, but none of the ones I found took into consideration a dual boot config., they were all Win 7 specific solutions. I don't what to try and repair the MBR only to have it screw up my dual boot config and be unable to access XP, which is w... Read more

A:Need help - MBR Error 1 on boot - Windows 7 (32-bit)/XP SP3 dual boot

I would say follow the Windows 7 fix. Once that works you can then fix, if necessary, any XP problem.

Why I suggest doing it this way is the computer must have come with Windows 7 and you added XP, right? So fixing Windows 7 is the place to start.

Here is one way to fix this:

MBR Error 1 on startup

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

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Hi friends,
I have following h/w config:-

ATA 70 GB Hdd

I first installed 2003 server on 70 GB hdd and then vista on one partition of 320 GB hdd. When i restart I do not see the os dual boot menu to select from vista/2003 server. Rather, the pc starts with vista.
Any help would be appreciated.


A:Windows vista windows 2003 server dual boot

Try running this in vista and use it to add a boot entry for 2003.
Link at the bottom of the page.

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Is it possible to set up a dual-boot system with Windows Vista OEM on one hard drive and install Windows 7 Upgrade on another hard drive? Windows 7 would be the primary and Windows Vista would be the secondary.

A:Set Up Dual-Boot System with Windows Vista OEM & Windows 7 Upgrade?

Easiest is to install each with the other HD unplugged, then set preferred as first HD to boot in BIOS setup, trigger other using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key. This keeps each independent to come and go as you please.

If you don't like that method then you can install EasyBCD to Win7 to add Vista to a Win7 Dual Boot menu which will leave them independent.

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So here is my problem. I have Windows Vista installed on my computer. There are some programs that I want that only run with Windows XP, so I am trying to install it so I can dual boot with both operating systems. I created the second partition under Disk Management with 200 GB of free space to install Windows XP on, then I restarted my computer and put in my Windows XP install disk. It goes to the blue screen and starts booting things (on the bottom), but then I get to a page that reads this:

Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer.

Make sure any hard disk drives are powered on and properly connected to your computer, and that any disk-related hardware configuration is correct. This may involve running a manufacture-supplied diagnostic or setup program.

Setup cannot continue. to quit Setup, Press F3.

That is my problem. I read a lot about dual booting operating systems, and have read about something with it not being able to read SATA (?). I'm not too savvy when it comes to things like this but I do realize that this is under the BIOS. I went to the BIOS by pressing the [delete] button as my computer was booting up, and then proceeded to the Advanced tab. Under the Advanced tab I saw that there was a place that referred to SATA but didn't find out how to do anything useful with it. I read that I need to disable SATA Native Mode or something like that, but it's nowhere to be found.

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A:Windows Vista + XP dual boot

I know exactly why this isn't working and you should should forget about dual boot, at least for now that is. Sounds like Vista is set to Recognize AHCI where as you need to Load A driver in order for XP to Load correctly.There is a much easier way for you to do this. Use Virtual PC 2007 or Virtual Box (much easier) What this does is allows you to allocate system resources to a Guest operating system inside Windows Vista, that way you don't have to mess arround with Dual booting.Don't get me wrong, dual booting has it's advatages, but I think you would have less Head aches using Virtual PC or Virtual Box.Learn about Virtual PC 2007 herehttp://www.microsoft.com/windows/products/...pc/default.mspxand Virtual Box Here:http://www.virtualbox.org/You'll have to load XP by Mounting the Optical Disc, which is explained on both websites, and you can easily set XP to use IDE as it's interface whichwill make life easier for you.Good Luck

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My mom's computer came with vista and I installed windows 7 as a dual boot. It worked well for a year. The other day all I did was unplug the printer and now all of a sudden her computer wont connect to the wifi but every other computer will.

also when I boot up it only says windows 7, vista has disappeared I ran the vista disk and installed again and it says I have 4 partitions but only windows 7 shows up on boot.

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I have set up Windows 7 to dual boot with my Vista, but can not find a way for W7 to access "My Documents" which are on Vista.
Ideally I want both operating systems to be able to access, edit, and add to "My Documents" and personal files.
Can anyone please help ?

Regards, Bill.

A:Dual Boot Vista / Windows 7

Quote: Originally Posted by BillRob

I have set up Windows 7 to dual boot with my Vista, but can not find a way for W7 to access "My Documents" which are on Vista.
Ideally I want both operating systems to be able to access, edit, and add to "My Documents" and personal files.
Can anyone please help ?

Regards, Bill.

Hi and welcome

When you attempt to acesss the docs from win 7 what error messages do you get?

Ken J

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I got an issue were i have to install windows 7.

Currently i have an Dell inspiron 1721 laptop with windows vista.

Problem is there is a lot of data on my machine and i dont want to format and fresh install i would like to dual boot is there a way to do this?
How would you guys suggest i do this without messing up my windows vista

What programs do i need what steps do i need to take.

I need step by step instruction due to i have never done this before thanks

Specs are :

amd athlon 64 dual core 1.9 ghz

3 gig ram

220gig drive with 118 free on hard drive

Win vista 32 bit.
Can i put windows 7 64 or do i need win 7 32 my cpu is 64 bit i believe.
Thank you for all of your help and suggestions

Edit: ps the dvd player dosen,t work but i have a usb external one will this cause any trouble?

A:I need to dual boot windows 7 with vista

Follow these illustrated steps to shrink C in Disk Management, boot Win7 installer to install there, which will configure a Dual Boot menu. Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and Vista

I'd first run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to get a heads-up on any issues ahead. With 3gb RAM I would run 32 bit for best performance - 4gb is my cut off.

The drivers are in the installer or quickly updated via optional Windows Updates - put your wireless/ethernet driver on a stick just in case so you can get online to Update. Any drivers then missing in Device Manager can be found on the Dell Support downloads webpage for your computer model. Or from Device Manager>Device>Update Driver>Browse to the Vista partition's Windows/System 32 folder which will pick up a missing driver.

Next, I'd simply link the Vista User folders to their related Windows 7 library using this method: Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums. When you open any library - Docs, Pics, Music, Video, etc. - the files will be there just like if they were on the same partition, but you save space by accessing them on the Vista HD.

If you want us to take a quick look at your configuration to make sure there are no possible pitfalls, then post back a screenshot of your maximized Disk Mgmt drive map with listings: Screen Shots
Screenshot with Paint

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Hi. I'm currently running Vista Ultimate 64 and wish to add Windows 7 Ultimate (clean install) and have dual-boot capability. Does it make a difference if I create a new partition on my current HD (250GB/140GB free) or if I add a second HD and put 7 on it? Is one method better than the other?


A:Dual Boot Vista and Windows 7

hey , ive had no experience with two separate harddrives with two seperate os'es (one on each) but i can tell you in my opinion , creating a partition an using that for another os works well , like i said i cant vouch for two harddrives

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I made my dell desktop a dual boot it has Windows XP and Windows Vista. What my problem is I installed a wireless card and when I boot into windows xp it will not detect it. It works when I am booted into vista I can get on the net just not with Windows xp. What could be causing this problem.

Thanks for any help

A:Windows XP Vista Dual Boot

Verify that all network drivers are installed.
To open device manager: start > run > devmgmt.msc

If there are any !, ?, or X
in the list then you need to update/reinstall the drivers or enable the device.

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If I install Windows 7 alongside Windows Vista would I have to reinstall everything and move everything over to Windows 7?
I don't even want Vista but my mom won't let me get rid of it.
So if I dual boot with Windows 7, can I just mount the Vista partition and run all of my programs or do I have to reinstall them?

A:I want to dual boot Vista and Windows 7?

most programs will have to be reinstall. one thing, make sure the win7 you installed is a full retail version, you would not be eligible for any other since you are keeping vista.

Any programs you reinstall would have to be either uninstall from vista and then install or you will have to purchase a second copy. Be sure to read their eula or license to find out for sure on each individual program.

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little problem well big
just happened five minutes ago i just uninstalled linux and loaded the MBR from Linux back to XP and deleted all the partitions required for that. I needed to install a piece of software that only works in XP so i created two partitions from my Vista partition for the XP

installed XP booted from cd bla bla installed without any errors BUT
i cant get into Vista anymore i checked the system boot settings and it only says XP and its deleted Vista is there a way of me getting that back.
any help cant you edit the boot settings etc?

thanks for reading

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I am attempting to partition my hard drive so I can dual boot Vista and Windows 7. Ive tried to partition my hd once before and it said it couldn't be formatted completely, after about 96% complete..So now I don't know what to do..On my C: drive it says I have 217.83gb NTSF..It says healthy (system, boot, page file, active, primary partition) it also has a Recovery side which is (E:) 15.00gb healthy (primary partition) then it has 55mb (healthy, EISA configuration)..how much should I shrink the volume for Windows 7?? All I did the first time was shrink what it had in the 'how much do you want to shrink box..Which I knew was more than 40gb that Windows 7 can run on comfortably, so I was told..I don't know what I did wrong but obviously it was something..Can anybody help me?? Thanks in Advance.. WH

A:Want to Dual Boot Vista with Windows 7

Partition Wizard is a free partition utility that could help you, get the Home Edition.http://www.partitionwizard.com/download.html

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Ok so my origional operating system was windows 2000? So i partitioned the drive and made room for vista. Installed on that partition and now i dont have an option to boot into 2000. Theres no option to boot into 2000. Any ideas, i tried EasyBCD but i kept getting NTLDR errors?

A:Windows vista dual boot?

Originally Posted by Kidfork

Ok so my origional operating system was windows 2000? So i partitioned the drive and made room for vista. Installed on that partition and now i dont have an option to boot into 2000. Theres no option to boot into 2000. Any ideas, i tried EasyBCD but i kept getting NTLDR errors?

recover windows 2000 with the install cd and that will get your OS back, now you will have a problem with booting to vista, you need to then put your vista dvd in and fix your booting sequence from there, works like a charm

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C:\ = Windows Vista

I created a W:\ partition, which is 30GB, and is the place for me to install Windows 7.

I boot via USB stick. Goes fine, I select partition etc. Then I reboot, and then it finishes the last stuff, and then reboots again, where it prepares the computer for the first time, running Windows 7.

Goes well, I come to the screen where it says: "Welcome", but a few seconds later it says: "Shutting down." - and reboots, and then comes to a screen where it says "Verifying DMI pool data..." and doesn't do anything more. Just sits there.
No choice to select the Vista even. Just goes straight to that message.

Now, I've tried to install it again, and booted into Vista, and still need to go into Windows 7, where it gotta finish the installation, but the same thing happens. I'm sure. I tried 3 times.

Any solution, anybody?

By the way, computer specials:

Need more information? Please say so.

Exactly what I did:

Made partition on 30GB and assigned the letter W:\.
Transferred the Windows 7, to my USB stick, and made it bootable.
Rebooted the computer, and booted from the USB stick.
Came to the Windows 7 install screen.
Installed the Windows 7 on partition W:\.
It rebooted automaticly, and then went to where I can choose wether to go on Vista or Windows 7(There was 2 Windows 7 listed, but went same place).
I chose Windows 7.
It made the final installment.
I chose ... Read more

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I have a laptop and a 1 terabyte external hard drive. I have Vista installed on my laptop but it isn't running the fastest because of all the stuff i have on it. I was wondering if I could dual boot windows 7 off of my external hard drive. If so could someone tell me how or post a link!

A:Dual Boot Windows Vista and 7

Officially, Windows 7/Vista can not be installed to an external drive but can be installed from one. There may be some hacks that enable it, or workarounds. I think I heard of something a while ago.

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Hello, I just installed Windows Vista on C: and I have an empty I: drive but it says HP I:, I tried to reformatted it and it was successful then I restarted my computer and I get the black screen that shows up Windows XP AND Windows Vista.

How do I get rid of the XP dual boot menu and just go directly straight on with Vista?

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I originally have Windows Vista Home Premium installed to my C: Drive, i had shrunk that volume to install Windows 7 Ultimate, i have installed this, so i can now Dual-Boot, but when i wish run League of Legends (A Game) I made it run in Windows XP Service pack 2, but says i need Adobe Air, of which is in my C: Drive. Windows 7 Is in the A: Drive, and D: Drive is my Recovery Drive.

Thank You, Your Replies May Really Help.

A:Dual-Boot (Windows 7 + Vista) HELP!

I don't know that particular game.

It appears to be asking you to install Adobe Air in Windows 7.

You may already have the Adobe Air installed in Vista - you presumably need to install it in Windows7.

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I've been getting BSoD on a very regular basis - the problem seems to occur whenever the PC is left unattended for longer than 30 mins. The PC boots very slowly and only after clicking F12 (on opening screen) to take me to boot menu. I have installed Uniblue Power Suite to clear errors, speed up the processes and assess state of drivers. Two drivers are supposedly out of date, but their replacement will not update successfully These are (1) Standard Dual Channel PCI IDE Controllers and (2) ATI Radeon HD 3200 Graphics.
RegWorks tells me I have numerous errors, but I am still waiting answers from them.
The attachment gives full details as requested, but typing in "Perfmon/report" gave zero results.
Can you help

A:Dual Boot Vista - Windows 7

Start with a hard drive test with SeaTools:
Log Name: System
Source: disk
Date: 2011-10-18T10:10:33.022
Event ID: 7
Task: N/A
Level: Error
Opcode: N/A
Keyword: Classic
User: N/A
User Name: N/A
Computer: Gordon-PC
The device, \Device\Harddisk1\DR1, has a bad block.[/code]Also, open a command prompt and run:
chkdsk /r
Download the latest driver package from ATI's site and install it: support.amd.com/us/gpudownload/Pages/index.aspx

You might also run driver verifier: http://www.techsupportforum.com/foru...ed-473665.html

Finally, run the three Prime95 tests: Hardware - Stress Test With Prime95 - Windows 7 Forums

...Summary of the dumps:


Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Wed Oct 19 14:08:54.327 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:15:34.703
Probably caused by : pci.sys
FAILURE_BUCKET_ID: X64_0x9F_3_atikmdag_IMAGE_pci.sys
BiosReleaseDate = 04/24/2009
SystemProductName = Amilo Desktop PA3415A
Built by: 6002.18484.amd64fre.vistasp2_gdr.110617-0336
Debug session time: Tue Oct 18 12:49:48.839 2011 (UTC - 4:00)
System Uptime: 0 days 1:43:53.246
*** WARNING: Unable to verify timestamp for atikmdag.sys
*** ERROR: Module load completed but symbols could not be loaded for atikmdag.sys
Probab... Read more

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I was wondering if it's possible to run windows 7 along with Vista (64bit). My current computer has 4 drives setup in a RAID configuration and i am wanting to add a new drive which I could run Windows 7 on.


A:Dual boot windows 7 with Vista?

Yes, you can dual boot Vista and Windows 7 following this tutorial http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/5166-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-vista.html
I don't know how to set it up in a RAID config tho'

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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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Hello everyone.

I have Windows 7 Ultimate, not the beta, the real thing. I have Vista on my Hard Disk taking 465 GB (almost my entire hard disk) with Linux Ubuntu taking only 9MB (used Wubi Linux Installer). I want to shrink my main partition to be able to install Windows 7. The smallest I have tried to shrink it by is 40GB (it says I can shrink it up to 131GB), (using Vista Disk Management) but it says there isn't enough room to be able to perform this task. I have never shrunk my own hard disk before and my disk is formatted in NTFS file system. Does it matter that I have virtual OS running virtually on my computer using Sun Virtual Box? I have about 11 on Virtual Box. XD Back to partitioning my hard disk, the layout for them is basic and it says they are healthy, It just wont shrink it. I really want to dual boot Windows 7 and I only get one install remember? Can anyone please offer some suggestions? Thanks,


A:Windows Vista and Windows 7 Dual Boot Problem

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ok here is my problem. I recently got windows vista business edition through msdn. I install it on my sata hard drive and everything worked great. well i desided since there are still some bugs in vista and that all the drivers arn't done yet i'd partition my hard drive and put xp on it to. Well i did this by using disk management in vista and shrinkiing the partition first then nameing a new one. I then ran the xp installation and it went throguh the copying of files and eveything. Thern when it went to reboot the bios stops right after pickiing up the drive. I left it sitting for over 30 mins and nothing. I tryed resetting the bios everything. It just sits there. can anyone help me? I even put the drive into a never computer i have with a newer bios just to see if that was it and still it sits. it comes up that it has detected it and that it is S.M.A.R.T compatable and that the status is ok. And then nothing the bios stops and doesn't finish to go into the boot. I really need help here guys i don't have money for a new hard drive. anyone have any suggestions?

A:SATA, windows vista dual boot windows xp

I've heard of this problem a few times now, but can't remember where I saw it or how to fix it. Bottom line, don't install Vista and XP on the same drive.

Try using the repair console in vista. Put the DVD in the drive and boot from it. From there use the recovery console. This will search for boot level errors and hopefully fix it.

If these are fresh installs and you have no data to lose, just erase it and choose one or the other until they can play nicely.

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I followed the advice from this link:

How To: Install Windows 7 Beta from a USB Key! | Maximum PC

Essentially booting from a USB drive, I used my iPod to carry the Win7 files and about 25% into the loading process where it's loading the files initially during the boot it says there is an I/O error with the iPod.

I know that there isn't anything wrong with the system because I have re-tested copying files back and forth from the iPod back on Vista and there seems to be no problem, I tested it with an XP system as well.

Any suggestions? My DVD burner is stuffed so it's unlikely to work that way and the files are too big for any USB drive I have currently.

A:Dual boot Windows 7 (7057) and Windows Vista

Nvm, I got my DVD burner to work.

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can I dual boot windows vista on a pre-installed windows 8.1

Samsung notebook model: NP300E5C-A08SA

A:dual boot windows vista on a pre-installed windows 8.1

yes you can, as long as it is on it's own partition or disk

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I am trying to remove Windows Vista which is my active and main OS that came with my laptop and I had my uncle install Windows 7 for me. He had installed it onto my Recovery Drive so I had to shrink my C: (Windows Vista) and add some space to D: ( Windows 7). Now that I have the space and have been using Windows 7 for a few weeks I would like to get rid of Windows Vista but after reading some things online I do not know how to get rid of Windows Vista because of the boot files that are on them? Is it possible to remove windows Vista and then expand D: with the space that was used for Windows Vista and how would I go about doing this? I am not very technical about computers so please do give clear steps that I can follow by please.
P.S. I created another partition RECOVERY A: because Windows 7 gave me a notification that I should backup my files, but that partition is too small. So how much space should I leave for Recovery? I can not free up any more space from C: (Windows Vista) but I can free some up from my D: (windows 7)

Here are some of the images of the partitions and etc.

A:Remove Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Also I am trying to get this done tonight so my replies will be almost as right away after you reply unless I'm following your instructions on doing something.

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I have Windows 7installed on one drive and Windows Vista on another drive. When I boot up the computer it goes directly to Windows 7. It recognizes the second hard drive in Windows Explorer but it doesn't give me a choice as to which operating system to run from. New computing appreciate any help.
Thanks in advance

A:Windows 7/Windows vista no dual boot up choice

Did you have both drives installed when you installed each OS?
Or did you do each install with the other drive disconnected?

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Hello all,

Hopefully someone can point me in the right direction here....

I've got a dual boot system at the moment - screenshot attached of my Disk Management screen if that helps.

I would like to remove the Vista OS and reclaim the space now that I've transferred everything over to 7 and have a backup.

I've deleted the Vista Boot entry in msconfig's Boot section, and have looked at these posts on this forum but don't seem to be getting anywhere -

Dual booting vista and windows 7, want to remove vista all together

MBR - Restore Windows 7 Master Boot Record

As you can see from my screenshot - E: is the old, 32bit Vista partition (system active, primary partition). C: is the new, 64bit Windows 7 partition.

I'd like to remove E, and expand C, but I don't have the option to format E: when I right click.

If anyone has any tips or can point me in the right direction, it would be most appreciated. Have downloaded EasyBCD 1.7.2, although from their website I don't see Windows 7 as being supported

Thanks in advance,

A:Removing Windows Vista from Dual Boot with Windows 7

Welcome to SevenForums, Darren!

It looks as if you have Windows 7 on a logical drive. While it is possible to boot to Windows on a logical drive, it would require the 100MB system partition Windows 7 creates on installation.

How hard would it be to start over? You do not want Vista anymore, so if you start the installation process, you can delete the Vista and 7 partitions, and create a new, Primary one.

Let us know if you need help, and we will be happy to assist you.

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First off, hello
Now for the fun. I've got a new rig I'm building and I want Windows Vista on one of two 300GB HDD's, while I want Windows XP on a RAID 0+1 thats setup on four 250GB SATA drives. I started with vista and then setup the raid 0+1, everything went smooth. I proceeded to install windows xp on the raid, which also went smooth. But I couldn't boot into windows Vista anymore, so i repaired that and now I can't boot into windows XP. Whats goin on?
Windows XP Pro w/sp2
Windows Vista Ultimate 64bit
4GB DDR2 5300 (i think)
2x 300GB maxtor IDE
4x 250GB Seagate SATA in raid 0+1 (mirrored + striped)
Asus M2N4-SLI
X1300 All in one wonder
What yall think?

A:Dual Boot, Windows XP, Windows Vista, IDE and SATA

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