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Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

Q: Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

Hi there,

I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate (32bit) and would like to play World of Warcraft however my Intel 82865g chipset doesn't have recent drivers available and it is currently incompatible with windows Vista.

So, I want to create a partition with XP installed so that the drivers will work and I can play WoW.

However, despite being able to create a partition, I cannot find a way of installing Win XP. I have tried booting from an XP CD but my PC seems to give up and move onto booting from the hard-disk instead and starts up Vista. Why can't I boot from the CD?

Does anyone know how I can successfully install XP on a separate partition with Vista already installed or am I going to have to format and do it the long way, starting with XP and partitioning Vista?

Thanks

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Preferred Solution: Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Vista/XP Dual Boot Partition (vista pre-installed)

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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

Kari

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I?m running windows vista service pack 1, 32-bits on my primary HD and i would like to install in my secondary windows xp pro. In this last HD i would also like to make a small partition for some backup files...

Could some1 point me a link or tell me how can i so?


PS-My secondary HD, i?ve it as logic unit..any problem on that?

Thanks in advance

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Okay, well i recently bought my new computer which came with Windows Vista Home 64 bit installed on it. I gave vista a chance until i tried to run Counterstrike on it...than i find out that vista does not work with the graphics engine counterstrike uses..and that i'd be better off with XP. So i found a good tutorial to dual boot vista and xp here;
hxxp://www.pronetworks.org/forum/about88231.html
Long story short....i found out that i didn't follow the steps correctly, and here are the mistakes i made
I installed and ran VistaBootPro on VISTA, before installing XP. Doing this, i went to the "System Bootloader" tab and chose option 1(windows vista bootloader) under 'Choose a System Bootloader to Install:'
and i chose option 1 (all drives) under 'System Bootloader install options' and i hit ' Install Bootloader'
THAN, i installed XP on my separate partition, rebooted, (now in XP) installed all my drivers, and installed VistaBootPro, and followed the instructions from there (REinstalled the bootloader, and ran diagnostics, found the 'earlier version of windows' and rebooted into vista
from there i ran VistaBootPro again, ran the diagnostics, found XP, changed the name, and changed the boot drive to J: (the drive i assigned it to)
i applied updates and rebooted
when the dualboot screen came, i booted into vista, and it was fine, so i rebooted to test xp
when i tried to boot into xp, it said that there was an error and t... Read more

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Hi there, I just recently installed Vista on a new system. Later I found out that there were a couple of programs that didn't do very well with Vista, so I'm intending to install XP alongside Vista to run those other programs.

I did read a couple of threads about the dual Vista XP boot but I stll haven't found the right information to proceed with the instalation of XP.

I'm running a Vista Home Premium, Intel Core 2 Duo E6750 (O.Clocked) 3.2GHz, Mobo: P5K-P35 SE Wifi, 2Gig ram, Nvidia 8800GTS 320Mb, HDD 320Gig.

First batch of questions pertaining to issue 1:
On some of the threads I read it does explain how to install XP on a Vista partition that has been shrinked. It explains the installation procedure where Vista takes up 100% of the hard drive BUT NOT if the hard drive has been partitioned already (like an extra drive D partition), which mine is.

I've partioned the hard drive into C (200Gig. Vista OS), and D (120Gig).
My question is..."Can I go about installing XP, as mentioned on other threads, on to my drive D? Can I use ALL of drive D for XP, or must I shrink a portion of it to run XP? If I do shrink a portion of it for XP, what happens to the rest of D? Is the rest of D still run by Vista?

Can you recommend any sites that instruct installing XP on a Vista drive D?


Issue 2: Performance
I've read that one can go about dual booting on the same drive AND on separate drives. In terms of ram allocation, processor and graphics performance, doe... Read more

A:Dual boot Vista XP with Vista installed first.

Hello Paulo, Welcome to TSF!

Here is a very good guide to dual booting Vista? and Windows? XP.

How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first).
(Click the coloured link to be re-directed.)

Hope this answers your query; report back with the results.

Kind Regards,

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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]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[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]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[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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Hi!

have a bit of a problem, and im not sure if the way round iv done things was stupid or not!!

Anyway, I have my machine, with XPPro installed on, bought another H/D and installed vista 64 on it, however i installed vista with the xo drive unplugged, and i cant work out how to get an OS choice on boot!

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers
 

A:Dual boot with xp + vista, both already installed

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Can someone lay to rest the deal with dual booting with vista/xp? I read and tried all the forums out there on steps how to dual boot xp with vista installed first and nothing has worked for me. I have a quad core gateway with 3gb of RAM with 500gb HD.
 

A:Dual boot xp with vista installed first

You need a boot agent if you inmstall Vista first like Symantec "Boot magic" that is on the Partition Magic cd.
 

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I would like to dual boot with Ubuntu x64, but I do not know how. I have never dual booted before. I read up on how to dual boot with Vista and Xp, but that was with xp installed first which I do not have or want. I am currently running Vista Ultimate x64 on my HP dv6000 Laptop, with 2gb of ram. Also can I do a dual boot with Ubuntu x64 and have it installed on an external hard drive instead of my C drive? Thanks in advance. I have learned a ton from this forum already and I appreciate everyones desire to help.

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I got a new HP pc with vista pre-installed in the primary partition and there was a smaller system partition. I guess the smaller one has the recovery files?

Anyways I shrank the primary partion, then created a new partion and formatted that.

Then re-booted with xp cd but when I went to install, it only showed one c: partition and it appeared to be the size of the partition I just created so installed xp there.

It said the space was unformatted although I had just formatted in vista.

So now I have XP but I can only see my c: drive where xp is installed but can't see the vista partition or the smaller system partition.

I figured once I installed XP I could use VistaBootPro to restore vista to the boot menu, but can't see vista.

I read something in another dual boot post about dis-abling a sata driver or something in the bios, does that have anything to with it?

And its a new pc and I didn't make a restore disk. I know I should have done that before I started screwing around so I don't have a vista cd.

any suggestions appreciated
thanks!
 

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I recently bought a Dell XPS M1210 with Vista home premium installed and I can't play any games without it being so choppy I can barely play them at all. I've heard alot of talk abot Vista being bad with games. So I'm wanting to install XP on my second logical drive, I have already downloaded VistaBoot PRO any suggestions will be appreciated.
 

A:Want to have XP dual boot on laptop with vista pre-installed

Have a read through the "sticky" at the start of this forum. There is quite a bit of interchange of ideas there.
 

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I have vista on a 320gb hdd, and i have 7 on a 20gb drive, whe i booted up, i had the option of vista or 7, i re-formatted the 20gb wiping out 7 alltogether, but when i boot, it stilll gives me the option of vista or 7, how do i get rid of this to go staright to vista?

thanks alot guys,

A:Installed 7 with vista, dual boot selections?

no one can help? i thought it was a simple thing to remove the selection on boot,

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Hey guys. The only Problem I am having now is being able to format the partition with Vista still on it. For some reason I just can't get rid of it. Wondering if you guys had any advice on how to get rid of it.

A:Can't format partition with Vista on it from dual boot

Hi Byronic, OS's are pretty protective of each other. Try a third party partition tool. Easeus has a free version of their Partition Manager. It works great and doesn't care what is on that partition. I've used it several times myself.
Hope this helps. Have fun!

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Hi, i'm having problems with booting up Vista after attempting to partition my hard drive and dual boot XP and Vista.

Okay, so i have Vista installed and wanted to install XP for games so it would be faster. I started by Partitioning my HD in Vista and all went well. I booted the XP install CD after a restart and put it on the partitioned part of my HD. It extracted the files it needed and restart itself. Then came the problems. It started itself up and gave me an error on a black screen that was like:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)
So i Repaired Vista with the install CD and booted Vista up. I thought it was something to do with the partition so i deleted it, created a fresh partition and started again. It failed a second time so i rested my BIOS to fail start defaults or something and tried to install again. After some fiddling around i gave up and deleted the partition in the XP setup and restarted. After this i got a BSOD with the stop error:
A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent damage
to your computer
If this is the first time you've seen this stop error screen, restart your
computer. if this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives
or hard drive controllers. check your hard drive to make sure it is properly
configured and terminated. Run CHKDSK / F to check for hard drive corruption,
and then restart your computer.
Technical information:
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A:Dual boot Vista & XP on partition. BSOD

Hi. . .

Here is a thread from Hardware Support that contains the same BSOD error:

Tech Support Forum - Hardware Support - BSOD - 7b


regards. . .

jcgriff2

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i just got the acer 6920 with Core 2 Duo T5550 1.83Ghz, 3GB mem, 320gb hdd, vista premium. But I am trying to shrink the volume which is currently 298.09 GB. I also want to dual boot xp pro. I would like to get it down to 50GB and create another 40GB for XP and the rest for data storage. It will only allow me to shrink to 172GB allowing 126.09 GB. any help is appreciated

Joe

A:Shrink Partition And Dual Boot Vista And Xp

any one got any ideas...Thanks

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Help...... I decided last night to remove the XP partition from my dual boot and keep Vista Home Premium. When I made the dual boot I already had XP installed and just partitioned the drive and installed vista on the second partition using Vista boot pro to change the boot order. I searched last night and came upon this website http://www.howtogeek.com/forum/topic/removing-xp-on-a-dula-boot-config and used it to remove the partition. Before I started I used vista boot pro on the vista partition and deleted the XP entry so that it would only boot into Vista. I then booted using Gparted and deleted the XP partition and resized my vista partition. When I restarted it came up with an error message so I booted into the Vista DVD to repair but it doesnt give me the option to select my vista drive to repair. I think the XP partiton may have been the sytem partition!!! Help please

Steve
 

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There are plenty of threads that touch on this subject but I cannot find the answer to my specific concern:

I am running Seven on a dual boot and now wish to remove the Vista partition. I have the excellent Partition Wizard and I understand that I need to make the Seven Partition the active one before deleting the Vista Partition. However, I need to make the Vista Partition inactive before I am given the option of making the Seven Partition active and I get spooked by the warning message that displays when I instruct the Wizard to make Vista inactive.

Am I safe to go ahead and programme the Wizard to make Vista inactive and Seven active simultaneously?

Seven is designated as my C drive and Vista is D.

Many thanks.

A:Safe removal of Vista partition on a Dual Boot.

Could you give us a shot of disk management before you go any further.

It should work fine, you may have to run startup repair, do you have a W7 dvd to do it with, just in case ?
Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image

Startup Repair

Partition - Mark as Active

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hi guys

my firstime posting here so if this is in the wrong section of the forum then sorry for that

a while a go i installed w764 on my gx700 extreme msi as a dual boot along side vista. i had no problem with the booting it allways gave me an option to choose the os i wanted to boot, however i formated the vista partition so i could merge it with w7 using acronis. know when ever i start the laptop i dont see any boot options but just a blank blac screen with a blinking white line

any help regarding this issue would be greatly appreciated

the sooner i fix this the sooner i could finish my assignments

thank you

A:w7 and vista dual boot problem after formating partition

First you need the Win. 7 installation CD...

and then follow these instructions: http://www.ehow.com/how_4836283_repair-mbr-windows.html

then Windows 7 should be able to boot, also do you have any other OS's at the moment or just 7?

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Hey all

I wish to dual boot my dell dimension 4700 xp home SP2 with windows vista.
But the last time i tried it, i had to format my hd and lost all my data..

I cant remember what exactly i did last time but here's the problem this time:

After selecting c drive im presented with this message:
And am not sure on what to do next?

Any help greatly appreciated
 

A:Norton partition magic 8 dual boot xp+vista

bump
 

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I am trying to updgrade a Windows Vista system to Windows 8.1 using the dual boot method.  I created a new partition to enable the 'dual boot' install with Windows 8.1, but when I created the partition using the 'shrink volume' procedure in Disk Management, there were only 4GB available for the new partition.   I ended up deleting the new partition - it is not large enough for Windows 8.1 installation.  The existing C drive (with the Windows Vista system) is 289GB and the recovery drive is 8.4GB.  (System is 32bit with 2.0GB RAM).    The Capacity of Drive C shows as 289GB with 98.3GB used and 190GB free (when I check Properties).   But the 'shrink volume' utility in Disk Management only allows a new partition of just over 4GB.    Is there a way to create a bigger partition to complete the dual boot install with Windows 8.1?   Can I get access to that unused 190GB or a portion of it for the new partition?

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Ok, I have just purchased a new hp media center pc that came preloaded with Windows Vista. I have come to find out that a lot of my programs that I use on a day to day base are not Vista compatible. I own the Pro version of Windows XP and would like to dual boot from 2 hard drives. Vista is currently located on one and I use the other for data storage. I would like to put XP Pro on my data storage hard drive. I also have a problem. I did not receive a Vista DVD with my computer so a fresh reinstall will not work. How would I go about doing this?

Thanks in advance for your help!
 

A:dual booting xp and vista on two hardrives with vista installed

I recently purchased a new machine on which I'm running Vista. I salvaged the hard drive from my old machine and I'm using it as an external hard drive. The XP operating system is also still installed on the old hard drive. It's connected as local disk (K). There are a number of programs on the K drive that I'd like to have access to. Of course when I go to start/all programs on the "new" computer (C drive) it's only showing me the programs that are installed on the C drive. How can I get the programs from the K drive to appear in the list? Do I have to move them individually to the C drive? Can I get them to appear selectively?

Thanks for your help and advice, Happy Holidays.

For what it's worth, I bought my new machine from cyberpower pc and I'm very satisfied with the computer and with their technical support. No problems with Vista, either. I kinda like it.
 

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Greetings!

On one of my 1 Tb disks, I installed at first Win7-32bit (Disk E on the picture). Some months later on the same disk I made a new partition and installed Win7-64bit (Disk C on the picture). When I boot I am offered to select which OS I want to use.

Now I would like to delete the Win7-32bit partition to use the place for something else (non OS).

Question: May I simply delete the partition where Win7-32 ("E" on the picture)? Won't the boot be affected?

Thank you!

A:Delete a partition when Dual-Boot is installed

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
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Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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Greetings!

On one of my 1 Tb disks, I installed at first Win7-32bit (Disk E on the picture). Some months later on the same disk I made a new partition and installed Win7-64bit (Disk C on the picture). When I boot I am offered to select which OS I want to use.

Now I would like to delete the Win7-32bit partition to use the place for something else (non OS).

Question: May I simply delete the partition where Win7-32 ("E" on the picture)? Won't the boot be affected?

Thank you!

A:Delete a partition when Dual-Boot is installed

Hi and welcome to SevenForums,
Review this,
Dual Boot - Delete a OS

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Hi

My pc info -

AMD Athlon(tm) 5150 APU with Radeon(tm) R3

Motherboard Gigabyte AM1M-S2H
Northbridge AMD K16 IMC rev. 00
Southbridge AMD Kabini FCH rev. 7.2
Graphic Interface PCI-Express
Memory Type DDR3
Memory Size 4 GBytes

Windows Version Microsoft Windows 7 (6.1) Professional 64-bit Service Pack 1 (Build 7601)

DMI BIOS
vendor American Megatrends Inc.
version F2
date 06/20/2014

Hi

I have windows 7 installed on c drive.

I would like to dual boot with winxp.

I slipstreamed with AHCI driver.

When the windows xp installation menu loads to partition choosing page.

It shows my whole HDD as one partition.

The partition is like - Partition1 Unknown.

WinXP is not able to read the hard drive partition.

How can I fix this ?

Thanks and Regards

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We got a new Dell machine with the Vista preinstalled. Employee wanted Ubuntu (how do ya blame him?) so he resized partitions and installed Ubuntu, but now Vista won't boot.

What can we do to get Vista to be happy again?

This howto:
http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/about78184.html#dualboot
says:
"DO NOT resize the Vista partition during the installation of the Linux distribution! Due to the change in NTFS versions, no Linux partitioning program, nor standard Windows partitioning programs, can properly alter the partition that Vista is installed to."
But we're too late for that...
 

A:Dell with Vista, resized NTFS partition for Ubuntu, now cannot boot Vista

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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 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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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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Hey guys, I've been looking through the forum and found some similar posts, but wanted to make sure that I understand everything before actually proceeding. I have a HP HDX 16t which came with Vista Home Premium 64 bit. I used the Windows 7 Upgrade Disk to do a clean install of Win7 on a new partition (I only have one hard drive). I would now like to remove Vista completely. I am attaching a pic of what my Disk Management shows. Thanks in advance for any help.

A:Removing Vista from Dual-Boot System Vista + Windows 7

This great new tutorial from Barefootkid will show you with pictures exactly how to accomplish this using the best partitioning tool for Win7: Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Use Option One in the tutorial and substitute your Vista partition for the 100mb boot partition he refers to there.

Read the Note as once you delete Vista partition then Resize Win7 into its disk space and mark Win7 active, you'll need to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots to write the System MBR to Win7 and start it up.

Back up your files and a system image externally as Resizing operations can fail although we have not had one fail in a couple hundred of these operations we have helped with here.

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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,
MelH2o

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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Just a simple Google gives me hundreds of threads on dual booting Vista and XP, or XP and 98, but I have found none on dual booting Vista and Windows 98SE.

I am currently using a drive with an OS and a Data partition, with Vista as the only OS. I have found that it is a PAIN to run older kid's games in Vista. Many don't work, and many require admin rights to run.

So..I would really like to create a third partition (or use a separate drive) to install Windows 98, and dual boot between Vista and 98. I have the tools to do partitionwork (BootItNG and Partition Magic), but I'd prefer not use these for controlling the dual boot.

Is there a way to install Windows 98 on a third partition or separate drive, next to my existing Vista install, and then use Vista's boot loader to dual boot?
 

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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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Hi, as most who sign up. I've been a long time lurker (using the forum to find solutions to help others as I didn't use 7 myself). So first a big thanks to all contributors Now I'm finally at a point where XP just doesn't cut it any longer. I installed Vista 32 bit because I had a licence that I hadn't used in years (old OEM from a laptop, phone activated without problems on the desktop)... anyway I wanted a proper Win 7 64 bit, and now I have it .

Question:
I am now dual booting XP and Vista.
XP is on the first HDD and Vista on the second.
I want to install 7 and wipe out Vista.
Can I just start the Windows 7 installation and let it wipe out Vista by selecting to use the whole disk that Vista is on, or do I need to... fixmbr, format Vista HD and then install Windows 7?

A:XP/Vista dual boot. Install 7, kick out Vista. How to?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Chakonari


Hi, as most who sign up. I've been a long time lurker (using the forum to find solutions to help others as I didn't use 7 myself). So first a big thanks to all contributors Now I'm finally at a point where XP just doesn't cut it any longer. I installed Vista 32 bit because I had a licence that I hadn't used in years (old OEM from a laptop, phone activated without problems on the desktop)... anyway I wanted a proper Win 7 64 bit, and now I have it .

Question:
I am now dual booting XP and Vista.
XP is on the first HDD and Vista on the second.
I want to install 7 and wipe out Vista.
Can I just start the Windows 7 installation and let it wipe out Vista by selecting to use the whole disk that Vista is on, or do I need to... fixmbr, format Vista HD and then install Windows 7?


It can be even simpler than that:
Shut down the computer
Disconnect the Vista drive
Turn it back on and boot to the Windows 7 DVD
Install using the "Custom (advanced)" type of installation
When you get to the part where you can select the XP drive, click "Drive options (advanced)".
In this order, click Delete, New, Format and then Next
When you finally get to the Desktop after the installation, shut down
Reconnect the Vista drive
Turn the computer on and go directly into the BIOS
Make sure the Windows 7 drive is the first in the boot priority
Save and Exit

Now you will be able to just use the Quick Format... Read more

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I have 3 OS installed on my PC. Win XP SP 1 , vista ultimate and vista home basic. I would like to uninstall home basic now and leave the remaing tow on my PC.

How do I do that without fatally affecting the remaing 2 OS?
Appreciate reciving a useful solution.....
 

A:How to Uninstall Vista on a dual boot computer with 2 vista OS

Which OS was first installed?

Which OS was installed, 2ndly?

Did you use any 3rd party software during the installation process? For example, did you use VistaBootPro?
http://www.vistabootpro.org/

Was either [ or were both ] Vistas installed as upgrades?
http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/612110-windows-xp-system-change.html

Which versions of Vista, # of bits, too, please?

Are either of the Vistas Beta?

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/612110-windows-xp-system-change.html

RF123
 

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My approach to backups is obviously different than most users. I have a duplicate hard drive with EasyBCD 1.7.2 [thanks to somebody on this forum] and it has been perfect for 6 months.

On Saturdays, I live copy drive one to drive two and can dual boot to either one. I know that I have a perfectly functioning backup.

Until three nights ago when I installed the Monster MS Office Suite. Since then, drive one wil not boot, and the BCD option does not even appear.

Blinking cursor from hell.

So, in CMOS, I swamped drive sequence to boot to drive two first. Works perfectly, and I can select drive one which works perfectly. But oddly enough, now it will not allow me to boot to drive two.

Inside Easy BCD, I try to 'add' the second drive [which is F] but it pops U into the box. I don't have a U drive, and it does not work.

So, i "think" this is a BCD problem, but can't get it to show my bootable drives, C and F.

A:Dual boot Vista/Vista amd Easy BCD1.7.2

What happens when you boot the second drive? I haven't used EasyBCD since I learned how to use the command prompt for this stuff. You can't edit it so that the second drive is F? I remember being able to do that.

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New laptop has Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit. I have two business programs that won't run on a 64bit system. Partitioned the hard drive to install Vista Home Premium 32bit to create a dual boot system solely to run these two programs.

Can't get Vista to load. Followed tutorial meticulously. All goes fine until the "Vista will boot for the first time" step. After this first boot, the screen returns to the "completing installation" page. However, the process dies here and the progress bar across the bottom of the screen never moves, even after an hour. Reformatted the partition and started over with same results. Multiple attempts always die after the first boot.

What gives? This is very exasperating. This should not be this hard.

A:Win 7 & Vista Dual Boot Installation - Vista Won't Load

Where did you get Vista? Check if the disk is dirty and clean it. If you burned it yourself, Verify DVD using IMgBurn. Load ISO in to make sure it says "Bootable" in text at left, then load DVD and Verify against ISO. Burn another DVD at 4x speed.

Are you running the Vista installer from Win7 or booting it? Try the other way.

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I have done this many times with XP Pro. Two entirely different hard drives.

Make a dynamic file by file copy of C to D, then configure the boot menu to boot to either one.

So, if C should die, boot to identical D. Has saved me and business clents many times.

But alas, whatever is used as bootini in Vista seems a bit more difficult.

If I have two identical hard drives with the same vista OS, how do I configure the bootini menu to boot to either one?

many thanks

A:Two Drives, dual boot Vista/Vista? bootmenu?

To configure bootmgr in Vista is command bcdedit (command bcdedit /? display all options of these command) but simply and better way is to use EasyBCD ->Download EasyBCD 1.7.2 - NeoSmart Technologies

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Hi people,

I have just taken delivery of a brand new fully loaded beast running Vista Home Premium 64bit. All is wonderful...except I have one critical piece of application software that wont run on a 64bit OS.

Fortunately I have Vista Ultimate SP1 32bit that was installed on my recently deceased laptop (originally the laptop came with XP). So in theory I have everything I need to set up a dual booting PC but I am unclear as how to do this.

Is there an idiots guide anywhere around for Vista 64 and Vista 32 dual boots? Seen plenty of XP and Vista suggestions but will the same process work?

Or are there better solutions to my problem?

Paul.

A:Dual Boot - Vista 64bit and Vista 32bit - How?

yes it is the same process, but in your case since it is already installed on both you will need a boot manager.

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Hi everyone! I have heard that there are many driver problems in Windows Vista. A friend of mine has a laptop with Vista Home Premium and it can not read CDs and DVDs! The laptop is bought last week! I have Windows XP SP2 and I am thinking about getting it transformed into ..."Vista", but I fear possible CPU problems. It is not a good idea, is it? But there is another choice: dual-boot XP and Vista. So, I made this poll for you to help me, if you want. Which choice is better? Thanks!

A:Windows Vista, Vista Emulator Or Dual Boot?

That would depend entirely on your system...For example how much RAM do you have installed? What type of processor do you have? How new is your system (older systems don't handle Vista well)? Whether you are able to get compatible drivers for all of your printers and other goodies that will work for both Vista and XP (if going to try Dual-Boot). There are a lot of things to consider.

Myself, I'll just stay with XP...I kinda' like it....

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at first i only had xp on my machine then one day i decided to try to dual boot it with vista x64. and i found that vista x64 was great. so i decided to remove all os and clean install my vista x64 on my machine but then when i tried to boot up. it boots slower compared to the time when i dual boot xp with vista. my welcome screen loads slower. is there any prob? or is it really like this.? thnx and sorry for my english.

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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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I was running Vista Ultimate 32 with no problems. I load Vista Ultmate 64 on a seperate Raid array, but it would only install after I removed 2 of the 4 GB Memory. After the install, I tried booting into Vista 64 with all 4 GB but get blue screens. Another problem is that if I want to boot into Vista 32, I have to physically disconnect the Vista 64 Hard drives.


So basically two issues:

#1 How to get 4 GB to be recognized in Vista 64

#2 How to change the boot order to Vista 32



I am running Gigabyte N680SLI-DQ6- QX6700, with 4 GB Corsair Dom. 8500 C5, Dual 8800GTX EVGA SLI, 2x150GB Raptors Raid 0 (Vista 32) and 2x750 Seagate Barracudas (Raid 1) off of Areca 1210 Raid Controller. Off of nVidia Controller-2x36GB Raid 0 (Vista 64).

The 4 GB have been installed and running in the 32 Vista.

A:Vista 32 and Vista 64 Dual Boot problem

I have no idea on the memory problem, but wouldn't something like vistaboot sort your OS selection out?

VistaBootPRO - Go PRO with Microsoft Windows Vista Boot Manager

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Hi,

I've been looking around for a good tutorial or something like that on how to delete vista from my computer.
Some say that when i would just delete the partition my w7 won't start up again.
Can someone make a tutorial where everything is explained well, or just answer here?
This is how my disk management looks atm:
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I think i changed the "active" to where w7 is installed, and also the start up and system.. So you think i can just delete the partitione?

Sorry for my bad english

A:Dual boot W7-Vista, how to delete Vista?

Do you have a Recovery Disk?

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Qosmio G50-12Q - Windows Vista ultimate 32 bit

On which internal HDD of the PC ( C - F - D ) is Vista installed by the producer in case you wanted newly install the system but without the DVD?

A:Qosmio G50-12Q - on which partition is Vista installed

Hi

The Qosmio G50-12Q seems to be equipped with 2 HDDs.
I assume the first HDD is partitioned in two partitions and the second HDD is not partitioned.

So vista seems to be installed on the first HDD, partition C.

I think you want recover the notebook using the HDD recovery procedure. Right?
I found here an nice documentation:

+How to recover a Toshiba notebook with the HDD recovery procedure+
http://aps2.toshiba-tro.de/kb0/HTD1303440001R01.htm

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Hi,
I've performed the recovery procedure on my notebook and installed Vista Home Premium 32 bit from the recovery partition. After a while I installed also Vista Ultimate 64 bit on other partition creating dual-boot. Now I want to uninstall the 32 bit OS and I don't know how. I booted on the 64 bit OS ( C: and tried to format the partition on which the 32 bit OS is installed ( D:, but within the disk management the "Format" command can't be accessed. Thanks in advance for every advice.
PS: The C: and D: partitions are on separate hard-disks.

A:How to format partition with Vista installed on it?

If they are separate go into computer and right click on the drive and select format.

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Now, this is my current set-up:

C: - Vista Home Premium 64-bit Installed (have original OEM disc - not restore/repair, real thing)
F: - Spare drive for storage

Now I want a partition on F (dont want the whole drive to be taken just a small bit) with XP 32-bit on dual boot. How do I go about this? I wouldnt know where to start.

If someone could exlain step-by step I would be extremely grateful.

Im thinking just 80gb for XP. Not much at all, but I wont be using it too much, just for certain things.

Thanks,

Adam
 

A:Vista installed but want small XP partition

You could do this in Vista:
1. Right click on Computer
2. Select Manage
3. Click on Disk Management
4. Right click on a partition
At this stage, if you have nothing on your "extra" drive at the moment, you could choose to delete it and remake two partitions of your choice, otherwis:

5. Select Shrink or Extend depending on what you want to do
 

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