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

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

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?

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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 on the Vista drive. Or, you can just leave everything as it is because it's not going to affect anything anyway.

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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
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I am building a new computer and would like to dual boot Vista and XP. I have two Hard disk drives, a c:\ which will use two SATA 320GB in RAID 1, and a second SATA 640GB F:\ drive.
It is my understanding that to dual boot Vista and XP it is preferable to install XP first.

Here is my question. I would like to partition the F:\ drive to an F:\ drive for XP and a g:\ drive for photos and movies and backups. When I install XP first, how do I do it so that XP installs to the F:\ drive?

Following this, I wish to install Vista on the C:\ drive.

Is it possible to do this to minimize headaches?

Also, if at some point I wish to delete XP can I do it without starting over and reinstalling VIsta?

Thanks

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Hello please can someone advise me what to do, i have just bought this newish
ACER ASPIRE laptop with windows vista with no warranty so no problem removing vista if needed to, i also have wireless bluetooth dongle for transfering music and pictures to my phone also a printer and also a webcam, the thing is windows vista will not let me install any of these devices even though i have all the drivers on disc, so i searched online for any updated drivers without success.
I had windows xp pro on my other laptop and still have the disc with product key for it, and all these devices worked ok on them,also i prefer windows xp so i want to know is it better to format the drive and remove vista and the put in the windows xp pro disc, or as i read on the internet have a dual boot with vista and xp pro (have to google it though as i dont know how to do a dual boot) also if i remove vista will my built in wireless connectivity device stiil work with xp pro or do i have to find drivers for that or are they built in the machine(something tells me someone is going to tell me they are not)
Hope i have explained everything ok as i lack the knowledge to explain any better
please remember if you reply i have very limited knowledge of computers but probably could follow detailed instructions if i needed to regarding formating the drive.
I only use the laptop for EBAY and E-MAILS and browsing the internet, dont play or download films if this helps
THANKS BARRY

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A:What's best: install XP Pro over Vista or dual boot?

can no one answer any of my questions please, as windows vista still wont let me install my printer software disc or webcam software disc also bluetooth dongle software,
THANKS BARRY
 

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Im currently running XP 64-bit and i want to dual boot with Vista Ultimate 64-bit.
This is the setup im going to go for.
C: XP / #Vista#
D: Programs
E: Misc / Pagefile
B: Backup / Pagefile
V: Misc

When i install Vista is there anyway i can use all my programs/games in Vista without the need to re-install them. Could i backup the XP registry and import it into Vista's registry.
For some reason im unable to "upgrade" XP to Vista, that option is grayed out.

Thanks guys..

A:Install Vista in Dual Boot.

You will have to install Vista on a separate partition to XP

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Hello,
I want to install Mac OS X on my PC.Downloaded from here:

My System Specifications are
AMD Athlon X2 x64 Dual Core Processor 4600+ @2.40 GHz
3.00 GB Ram
ATI Radeon HD 3200
IDE HDD 120GB
GIGABYTE GA-MA78GM-S2HP rev 2.1

What should i type after booting dvd>press F8>?????

And is 7 GB Of space enough for installing? or more?

A:Install Mac OS X Dual Boot with Vista 64

you cannot legally install mac osx on a pc. it is a violation of apples license and to help you violates the rules of this forum

http://www.techsupportforum.com/f65/...sh-130328.html.

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I'm just about to install windows VISTA and want to be able to dual boot my system between xp and Vista..

Currently my system has two 80gb sata drives (drive c: / drive e:) drive c: currently has xp installed...

I have ordered a 250gb sata2 drive for vista...

How best to arrange my system for the vista dual boot install...

Would I neet to pre format the new drive ? or just connect the new drive and then point vista at it during install...

Any advice thta you could give me to make this install as painless as possible would be appreciated..

Phil.

A:about to install vista dual boot

Hey

No problem at all, just plug your new drive, put your Vista DVD on your burner and reset, vista will boot, follow the installation and select the custom install and you will arrive to a screen where you have to select where to install, also you can format and create/delete partitions there.

When the installation is finished you will see that you have to choose between vista and xp

Regards
Sergio
Sergio

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I have searched and browsed many posts on this forum as well as using many step by step guides elsewhere on the web, but, I cannot seem to find where anyone has found an answer to this issue.

I have Vista Home Premium on a pc which I just purchased in the past few weeks for my business. I don't mind the overall operation of the system, however, I have discovered that a very important piece of software which is the keystone of my business is not compatible with Vista in the slightest. I therefore tried to create a partition for installation of XP on my drive utilizing directions found online, which went well and as described. The problem I am continually facing is that when I try to install XP, it copies all of the files but when it is ready to launch the installation I get the same BSoD all the time.

I purchased another hard drive thinking that it might be easier and save time to just disconnect my existing HD and start as if I were beginning from scratch. Again, when installation starts, the BSoD appears. I have tried disabling the raid option in the bios and even found a workaround on the Microsoft site regarding the format process in Vista and the need to change registry values to simulate the XP format instead. All of this to no avail. I am running out of things to try and I am beginning to feel some heat from customers as I am being forced to do much of my work from an old pc until I can figure this out.

I have read posts where folks say that third party raid dri... Read more

A:Trouble with Vista Dual Boot Install

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my computer
hdd: 2x 500gb WD sata 16 mb in raid o,1x 300gb wd sata 8 mb
mb: abit ab9 pro
vc: radeon sapphire 1950 xtx 256 mb
ram: 2gb 800 mhz
dvd: asus dvd rw litescribe,samsung writemaster
capture card pinnacle
floppy drive
os.win xp sp2
i want to make dual boot with vista but when i start to install vista is not recognizing the raid 0 drives just the separate drive and it says that this drive is not activ .
 

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Greetings

I just installed windows 7 ultimate on my pc.
i already had xp32 and vista 64 business on a dual boot on the same HDD before installing windows 7.
during windows 7 install, I selected the xp32 partition, formatted it and installed windows 7 over the top as I no longer wanted xp32.

When the windows 7 install was complete I expected to see a dual boot screen with
option 1. windows 7
and option 2. vista64

unfortunatelty i have no dual boot options, the pc now just goes straight into windows 7. It doesnt sem to know that vista is there.

i would appreciate assistance in getting a dual boot set up with vista64 and windows 7

Thanks
Phil

A:lost dual boot with vista after windows 7 install

I used easybcd to fix the boot problem
read about it on this forum.

Phil

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I was trying to install Vista to a USB drive and accidentally selected the wrong drive, an internal storage drive. I didnt realize it until the PC restarted. I aborted the installation and now I am stuck with a dual boot screen with the first Windows installation saying something like Windows Vista Rollback. I get approx. 1 second to change it to my original install. If I let it run, I see a very brief Vista error screen and then it restarts with no change.

I am reformatting the drive that has the aborted install on it. I remember from years past when I had an abandoned install that the rollback option will not go away by simply reformatting the drive. I could've done a search for how to remove the dual boot screen, but I wanted to make sure I get rid of all traces of that mistake ever happening to begin with.

Can someone help me out here?
 

A:Stuck with dual boot in aborted Vista install

You'll probably need to boot from the Vista DVD and run the repair after you are done formatting.

But you can do all sorts of things to the Vista boot menu with:

VistabootPro or EasyBCD
 

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First of all I have been searching for about a week with no luck. and hours and hours of reinstalling configuring etc.

I had 98 & Xp dual boot on a 933mhz 1g ram that was working fine on a single 400gb PATA drive with 2 partitions. That I used to use Ghost restores if needed.
I wanted to put in Vista on it also so I installed it from Xp used the custom installation and installed it to a third partition I created.

Vista would not boot (after the first reboot during the installation process) I could still get into 98 & xp.

To make a long storry as short as possible currently I only have xp & Vista but same thing Vista will not boot after the first reboot of the install process.

I reformated about 10 times already still nothing (even 1 time full department of defense erase 10 hours to complete)

What confuses me is if I do a fresh install of XP from a fresh format XP will not boot it says it is missing NTLDR is missing. If I am correct from reading from the Web it has to do with something when Win98 was in or from cloned restored hard drive. The only way I got XP installed again was I had to put Win98 again then I had to use the upgrade install option because the custom option would do the same thing not boot up. Then I tried a fresh Vista install with a fresh format and it will not boot. I don't remember but I think it is the same error I am getting now with the dual boot system:

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A:Vista Xp dual boot or single install big problem please help

http://www.multibooters.co.uk/
Scroll down to see The Changes Vista Dualboot Makes to a Previous Windows OS – and How to Reverse Them.
 

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I'm fairly new to computers a few years.But have come a long way since 2007 Thanks to BC which helped get me moving a lot quicker.But anyway I have a HP laptop with Vista Home Prem. SP2 on it.It has dual Hard drives 100GB each. I also have an external WD 1TB that I could also use.But my question or what I need help with is I would like to install another OS on it, Windows XP Pro that I bought awhile back but didn't know how to install as a dual boot.I planned to do this last year.But as we all know life happens and just didn't have the time required to do it,until now.

I'm hoping that someone here can help guide me through it.I will need a thorough explanation for this newbie Any Takers out there ? Thanks in Advance to anyone that can help me with this, Thank You ! Kind Regards !

A:How to install a XP Pro OS on a Vista Home P. SP2 machine (Dual Boot)

Worth a look, http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_vista_a...ystep_guide.htm.Louis

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Hi everybody!
I have just discovered that I cannot do an Upgrade from Vista HP to Win 7 Pro and that I will have to do a Custom or clean install. That will be OK and doesn't cause any problems.

I have XP on one HDD and Vista on another with dual boot. However I want to replace Vista HP with Win 7 Pro 32 bit, ( I intend to go 64 bit later on).

What I would like to know is, will Win 7 replace Vista on the boot sequence (MBR?), so that on booting the PC I have the option of selecting either XP or Win 7, or will I be presented with a boot menu of XP, Vista and Win7, albeit that Vista is no longer installed? If the latter, will this cause any problems in selecting the OS that I want to launch i.e the MBR looking for a now non existing Vista and would there be a way to remove reference to Vista?

Thanks

A:Custom Install Win7 on XP Pro/Vista HP dual boot

Win7 being the most recent OS will correctly configure the boot menu when it is run last as you are doing.

I suggest you boot into the Win7 installer, choose Custom install and use Advanced tools to Delete the Vista partition, create a new one there, and format then install.

This is the cleanest possible install, and even from boot it will see the previous qualifying OS's to allow installer to accept the Upgrade key and activate later when online.

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Noob here, obviously ..

But I installed Windows 7 64 with the dual boot option, and have Vista 32 as my regular OS. Is there any way to transfer the programs from the Vista partition over to the Win 7 partition without re-installing each and every program?

On a related note - is there a way to transfer my old desktop from Vista over to Win 7 just the way it is?

A:Any way to transfer programs from Vista to 7 after dual boot install?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Eryeal


Noob here, obviously ..

But I installed Windows 7 64 with the dual boot option, and have Vista 32 as my regular OS. Is there any way to transfer the programs from the Vista partition over to the Win 7 partition without re-installing each and every program?

On a related note - is there a way to transfer my old desktop from Vista over to Win 7 just the way it is?


No, there is not.

You should have done an upgrade install.

Other than that, you must re-install everything.

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I have a Vista laptop with xp and Vista installed because I do not want to give up xp, I enjoy it to much. I wanted to try Windows 7 so I set it up in a "triple boot" fashion. Vista and Windows 7 works great, but xp will not boot. It says I have a missing or corrupt hal.dll. When I uninstall Windows 7 and restore my backed up bootloader settings Windows xp boots up. I want to keep trying 7 but I don't want to give up xp, can this problem be fixed?

A:Windows 7 install problem (Vista and XP dual boot)

Case 1: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the XP/Vista boot option at startup, but Win7 boots fine.

Solution:
1. Start Win7.

2. If you can see your XP/Vista partition in Computer, write down the drive letter (e.g. D:)

3. If you can't see the XP partition and you see all others but this one, open Control Panel - Adminstrative Tools - Computer Management -> Disk Management(left pane) and right-click the partition without a drive letter, choose "Change drive letters and paths" and assign a drive letter for the partition, e.g. D: .

4. Open an elevated command prompt and type the following lines followed by Enter for each line, changing the drive letter D: (in blue) with the one on your XP/Vista partition:

FOR RESTORING XP


Code:

bcdedit /create {ntldr} /d "Windows XP"

bcdedit /set {ntldr} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} /addlast
FOR RESTORING VISTA


Code:

bcdedit /copy {current} /d "Windows Vista"
(You will get a response saying that a new {UUID} was created successfully.
Write down or copy the new UUID.)


Code:

bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} device partition=D:

bcdedit /set {place_new_UUID_here} osdevice partition=D:
5. Done

Case 2: You have Dual Boot Win7 and XP/Vista and you lost the Win7 boot option at startup, but XP/Vista boots fine.

Solution:
1. Insert the Win7 Installation DVD and boot your computer with it (as if yo... Read more

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I've been looking all night and working for a while on dual booting my friends alienware lappy. However, I've gotten stuck at a point where I have no clue what to try next. I made the partition and everything is perfect for that and then i put the xp cd in and restart the laptop....it loads all the pre-install files and then when it gets ready to install the OS, it says that it can not recognize the hdd. I dont have specs on the lappy right now but, is there any helpful hints???
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Well i am currently running Vista Home Premium sp2 and Windows 7 Ultimate (build 7100) in a dual boot config for about 2-3months and loving it. I was wondering if i could upgrade my Win7 install to RTM without affecting my Vista install? Do you get a choice which OS you want to upgrade or does it go by what OS you load the upgrade disc from?

A:Windows 7 upgrade install on Win7/Vista dual boot

You can upgrade, but you will need to repair your MBR with BartPE or a similar program.

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So my computer currently has Windows Vista Ultimate X64 installed on a 120GB drive. I also have a 500GB RAID 1 setup that I keep my work on. I have a piece of software that won't work with Vista X64, so I need to install my old OEM XP Pro copy. I bought a 1TB drive on which to do this.

My question is, how do I go about installing XP Pro as a dual boot without disturbing my Vista install or my RAID setup.
 

A:Installing XP dual boot on seperate drive without disturbing existing Vista install

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

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I have 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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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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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.
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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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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
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

File : \windows\system32\winload

Status: 0xC0000001

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

windows\system32\winload.exe

status 0xC0000428

Windows cannot verify digital signature for this file.

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

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

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

Hi,

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


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

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Hello all,

I have a vaio laptop with a dual boot win7/vista setup. I simply want to format the whole drive back to one large c:\drive, then reinstall windows 7. I have heard horror stories of people saying their boot manager becomes corrupted. or goes missing. I enclose a snapshot of my hard drive config. I would appreciate any advice on this matter.

Thanks

A:A fresh win7 install over a win7/vista dual boot system ?

is it the only HDD in the laptop (i used to think 1 was the max but i've been encountering people with two recently)? If so, (and if you want to wipe the hard drive completely (don't forget to deactivate any programs, such as iTunes)) just put the install disc in, boot into it (without booting into windows), choose the install option that isn't 'upgrade' (i think it's 'custom' offhand). when it takes you to the partition manager, click 'advanced' on the bottom bit and delete and format all partitions until you have just one big empty disk.
If that doesn't work or if you think it might not, just boot into a Puppy Linux live cd, open up gparted and select the 'new partition table' tool.

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I have a Pavilion Elite (2X300 GB HDD) with Vista Home Premium pre-loaded and want to install Ultimate as well (kinda like jayrod). Any pointers to instructions would be useful!

A:Dual Boot Vista w/vista

Quote:





Originally Posted by jayrodathome


couldn't get it to work. the bootmgr is different in the 64 bit I guess and I couldn't figure out how to get the option after post. So I'm just dual booting ultimate and home premium. I'm using them seperatly one for work and one for play. that way I can keep the resources down on my gaming system and run whatever I want at once on my work system all on the same pc.

thanks for the interest.




Did you create a partition to install the second Vista on? If not it seems it would just install over your current, and make a Windows.old folder.

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Can I dual Boot Vista Home Premium w/Vista Ultimate x64 on 2 sepperate HD's?

I have a q6600 2 500gb Hd's SATA-3, and an 8800 with 2gb's of ram. My system has changed since I last updated my signature.


If I cannot dual boot with x64 then ultimate and premium would be fine. I've been looking everywhere for a tutorial but have been unable to find it. I had not trouble dual booting vista and xp but now have become stuck with vista and vista.

any help would be great.


Thanks!

A:Dual Boot Vista w/vista.

Please bump this message back up I have received no help with this.

THank You.

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

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

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

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

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