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vista triple boot, will it work like dual boot?

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

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

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

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

XP pro
Vista 32 Home Premium
Vista 64 Home Premium

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


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

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

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

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To the more knowledgeable than me.
Here's what I want to do. Install Linux on a separate hard drive and put the "boot" on the "/" partition not the MBR. I already have Windows 7 on the main drive and intend to install Windows 8 on a separate partition. Re-connect the drive with Linux installed and install 8. My question is, will Windows 8 find Linux and add it to the start up. Failing that, I know that it can be added somwhere in Windows, but that's beyond me.

A:Dual boot or triple boot really

Probably the easiest way is to add your Linux install to windows boot menu using Easybcd.

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

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

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

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

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

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My PC has VISTA home premium x64 installed. After purchasing Win 7 Pro I decided not to upgrade VISTA, rather dual boot for now.

Installing W7 onto a clean HDD I can boot directly to it and can select which drive to boot from via the F12 key at boot up

I installed easyBCD onto the VISTA OS with the expectation that VISTA would be the default OS to boot and Win 7 would be a selectable option.

I get the selection menu when I boot with a 10sec pause and VISTA then boots OK

If I select the W7 option in the menu I get

FILE windows\system32\winload.exe

STATUS 0xc0000428

Windows cannot verify the digital signature of this file.

Any ideas?

A:dual boot VISTA/Win 7 does not work

Can you attach a copy of your disk management window using the snipping tool in Win 7?

It all depends which drive was primary when you installed the other operating system. If you installed Win 7 on a separate drive without changing the drive order in the bios, the boot files for Win 7 may be on the Vista drive. The picture will help clarify that.

EasyBCD should be able to set it up for you, but if not you might join their forum and download EasyBCD 2.0 beta, which seems to work better in Win 7.

I do not know exactly what F12 does.

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Hey guys, I have a Asus G1S.
I was dual booting XP and Vista...Tryed tons of different stuff.
I was able to have them both work by disabling partitions... but that way was too un-accessable, as I needed a partitioner boot disc to switch.

I got Easy BCD and tryed that for a while, Got it so that the Vista would boot up, but the XP had the typical error when trying to boot up. So I tryed tons of stuff....
But Basically I screwed up the BCD and now it looks like this on the vista BCD boot screen.
1.Windows XP
2.Windows XP

Neither of them work.. One still tryed to load XP and fails, and the other trys to load Vista and fails even worse.

So Right now I just have the XP partition boot first, so XP loads automatically.

My vista CD is the G1S resore CD, so I cant repair the boot loader...

Is there any file I can edit WHILE IN XP where I could change the BCD file on the VISTA PARTITION?

I have access to the whole vista partition... but dont know where to look.

A:Dual boot = messed up BCD and vista wont work

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I just purchased a new video card for my old Acer M3100 that I dual boot the original Vista and Windows 7 on. I bought a new Asus Nvidia GeForce GT 610 video card to play Skyrim. Windows 7 will install the drivers with absolutely no error messages but upon rebooting they won't load and I'm stuck with basic VGA. I booted out and back to Vista and loaded them and they installed fine as well and upon rebooting into Vista they actually load! My Windows 7 install is a recent clean install because I tried upgrading to Windows 8 and didn't do a clean install and it borked itself on all my legacy hardware. Does anyone know why a clean install won't load new video card drivers but my old Vista install loads them fine? (Yet another reason not to abandon the Vista Beast, Vista is the last OS that recognizes my (2) Rio Karma MP3 Players.)

Before anyone asks, Yes. I downloaded the latest drivers for Windows 7 Pro 64Bit directly from Nvidias website and installed them and still get a "No GPU detected" message when trying to run the NVidia software that comes with the drivers.

NVidia Driver Version: 306.97

A:New Video Card Drivers work in Vista but not Windows 7 Dual Boot.

Hi, try to update your motherboard drivers....

Also post your complete pc specification please.

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I've had this working before, but can't remember how i did it (i've had to format the disks).

What i want is:

Main drive (SSD): Win7 Pro 64bit

Secondary drive (HDD): Win7 pro 64 bit & WinXP Pro

With the boot screen in the order of:

Win7 Pro (HDD)
WinXP Pro (HDD)
Win7 Pro (SSD)

**** Nobody will understand why i am installing Win7 twice on the same machine, albeit 2 different drives. If you REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY want to know then PM me & i'll explain, but for now, let's continue...

I've had this working before so i know it can be done, but for some reason it's not letting me do it now since the format.

I can get WinXP (HDD) to boot, i can get Win7 (SSD) to boot, but not Win7 (HDD).

The SSD is the primary boot disk within the BIOS.
I'm running EasyBCD from within the SSD.

I don't FULLY understand how to use EasyBCD so my first 2 successful attempts were probably flukes as i can't remember what i did within EasyBCD to make it possible.

I'm running the latest version of EasyBCD.
I installed in the order of:
Disconnect SSD
Install WinXP (HDD)
Install Win7 (HDD)
re-connect SSD
Install Win7 (SSD)

^^^ this is exactly the order i did it in the last time it worked.

this enables me to boot to the SSD only, from which i run EasyBCD & can then access WinXP when the PC restarts, but not Win7 (HDD)

Would really love a bit of help with this. Thanks to anyone who can.

A:Triple boot problem - 2x HDDs, 2x Win7s & 1x WinXP. How to work this?

Quote: Originally Posted by NellyPuff

I've had this working before, but can't remember how i did it (i've had to format the disks).

What i want is:

Main drive (SSD): Win7 Pro 64bit

Secondary drive (HDD): Win7 pro 64 bit & WinXP Pro

With the boot screen in the order of:

Win7 Pro (HDD)
WinXP Pro (HDD)
Win7 Pro (SSD)

**** Nobody will understand why i am installing Win7 twice on the same machine, albeit 2 different drives. If you REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEALLY want to know then PM me & i'll explain, but for now, let's continue...

I've had this working before so i know it can be done, but for some reason it's not letting me do it now since the format.

I can get WinXP (HDD) to boot, i can get Win7 (SSD) to boot, but not Win7 (HDD).

The SSD is the primary boot disk within the BIOS.
I'm running EasyBCD from within the SSD.

I don't FULLY understand how to use EasyBCD so my first 2 successful attempts were probably flukes as i can't remember what i did within EasyBCD to make it possible.

I'm running the latest version of EasyBCD.
I installed in the order of:
Disconnect SSD
Install WinXP (HDD)
Install Win7 (HDD)
re-connect SSD
Install Win7 (SSD)

^^^ this is exactly the order i did it in the last time it worked.

this enables me to boot to the SSD only, from which i run EasyBCD & can then access WinXP when the PC restarts, but not Win7 (HDD)

Would really love a bit of help with this. Thanks to anyone wh... Read more

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Guys,,im planning to remove the vista OS from triple boot my OS are XP,Vista and windows 7. how can i do that?

A:How To Remove vista from triple boot

Please post back a screenshot of your maximized full Win7 Disk management drive map and listings. Use Snipping Tool in Start Menu.

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Hi all
If I was going to ask for any help in here regarding above hypothetical subject, would I be breaking forum rules?
Hypothetically I have dual boot machine, XP and Vista on two separate SATA II hard drives. I am, hypothetically speaking, going to slot in 3rd 500Gb hard drive to install Mac OS 10.5.1. So far, hypothetically speaking, I managed to find instructions on how to install Kalyway on separate partition on the same hard drive but nothing on separate hard drive.
I am being paranoid of destroying boot loader, but I can not tell for certain which boot loader I am using when booting into Vista and which boot loader when booting into XP or they are two totally different ones. Basically when I turn my machine on, after a few seconds I get promoted to choose which OS I want to go to. That's what I want to get if I was, hypothetically speaking, going to install Mac OS 10.5.1.
Any help would be appreciated

A:Hypothetical triple boot XP, Vista ,OS 10.5.1

While I haven't actually tried it with that (hypothetical) configuration, it sounds like a job for GRUB.

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I installed Win 7 on a triple boot with Vista and Linux and meant to keep Linux and Win 7, expecting Vista to be overwritten. Unforeseen Vista remained installed.

Using a special boot cdrom, I get entries for all 3 OS, but Vista boots into my Lenovo laptop's rescue software and proposes to "rescue" the Vista and I can't get passed that. I expect it means deleting the other OS?

I imagine I could uninstall Vista in some way placed in the folder Windows_Old or maybe being able to boot it, as I would be able to get some registration keys off software as well as using some software that doesn't work on win7. How can I now uninstall Vista safely?

I expect a partition manager like in Linux could recover the partitions for new data.

Does anyone have some comments on this?

A:Win 7 with Vista and Linux triple boot

I have a similar tri-boot system with Vista Home Premium 64 bit, Ubuntu 9.04 64 bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit RC Build 7100. I preordered Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit and have the installation DVD.
I am wanting to put the purchased copy of Windows 7 in place of the windows 7 RC for now. and just need to know if I can do that.
Would I need to format the logical drive that the windows 7 RC is on prior to installing? And will I be given the option to choose where I want to install it?
heismark, I am also interested in the answer to your question because for now I do not want Vista to be touched until I can figure out the answer to some other questions.

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Hi all,

I am trying to triple boot using the VISTA boot loader. How would I do this?

Each os is going to be on a separate physical SATA drive.

First I installed XP, then I installed Vista which overwrote the xp bootloader in the MBR.

How do I install Fedora 7 without overwriting the MBR? Do I need to install GRUB on the drive outside of the MBR? Or can I just get away with not installing GRUB at all and then adding the partition/drive to the vista boot loader?

Do I need to copy the linux boot sector? How? I won't be able to get into vista if I don't install grub as the primary boot loader, right?


A:Triple boot linux/XP/Vista

you have the usual sequence of installs. GRUB or lilo is installed LAST as it
will read the existing boot manager and copy all the data into itself.

it is not uncommmon to see successive boot choices, eg

Linux xxx

but as i have/will not install Vista, check for more specific details

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I'm currently dual booting with W7 7201 and Vista Home Premium SP2 and i would like to add XP Pro SP3 to my notebook as well but when i try and install XP it runs the set up and tells me i have no hard drive currently connected and i have to quit the set up?

What am i doing wrong and how do i correct the issue please ?

XP PRO SP3 ISO downloaded from technet and i have a partition ready for installation with a drive letter if that helps at all.

Ive done some research and found out i need to make a new ISO with "Nlite" and incorporate the SATA drivers for XP into it, only trouble being SATA drivers from the Acer site are for floppy disks and i haven't got one of those lol

Any ideas please on how to incorporate them into the new ISO ?

A:Triple boot with W7 7201, Vista SP2, and XP Pro SP3

I am trying to triple boot xp, vista &7. I have formatted 3 drives C, D, and E - each approx 30-35 gb each. I have installed xp on C but when I try to install Vista on D drive, the only option is on C drive thus overwriting any data (it is an Acer OEM recovery disc) then I want to put 7 on E drive.
I had Vista on this pc originally with drives C&D. Then I dual booted windows 7 on D drive along with Ubuntu inside windows. I wanted to put xp on also but it is not working too well. I have tried to download a copy of Vista via a torrent but keep getting iso images with missing install files. ANY HELP WOULD BE APPRECIATED, THANKS IN ADVANCE I am a novice when it comes to the mbr , bootloader, ntldr etc. but as I said I had successfully had Vista on C drive and 7 on D drive with Ubuntu inside Vista.

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i'm try to make my laptop triple boot.
i've installed windows 7 and xp, now i created a partition for vista
but it became LOGICAL instead of PRIMARY
so when i enter the vista setup i try to install it to the LOGICAL drive
but of course it won't install.

so i go to windows 7 and try to install it from the OS
but it says that i don't have enough storage in my temp folder, i mean common...really?!

it probably goes by default to the first volume wich is SYSTEM PRESERVED and has only 100MB.

so how can i install vista in this situation?

thank you for any help you can assist.

A:Triple boot, can't install vista

Please post back a screenshot of your full Disk Management drive map, using SNipping Tool in Start Menu.

An OS can be installed to a Logical partition, but it's boot files cannot be on a Logical partition.

If your System Active dual boot files for XP/Vista are located on SysReserved partition then Vista should update those files for a multi-boot, and thus not require being on a Primary partition to boot from.

But we can't know for sure until we see screenshot. You may want to get rid of a useless utility partition or convert a data partition to Logical so you can make use of all 4 Primary partitions allowed.

What is the exact error message you are receiving when you attempt to boot Vista DVD to install to the Logical partition you've created?

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Hi everyone,

I have read through quite a few posts and guides but unfortunately I'm unable to get XP to boot after installing Win7.

I'll try and explain the situation.

I have a laptop that came with Vista pre-installed. I found this operating system to be very slow and sluggish. I then installed XP on the same drive under a different folder name.

Afterwards I was unable to log into Vista (can't remember the error code) however this wasn't an issue as we weren't planning on using it again.

I have now been asked to download and install Win7 onto the laptop. I created a separate partition of around 30GB and successfully installed Win7, during the course of the installation it was able repair the problem I was having with Vista. This is all well and good but now I am unable to log into our XP operating system.

The hard drive is set out as follows:

Drive D: called "Vista" has XP and Vista installed on it. Vista is installed in a folder called "Windowsv" and XP is installed in a folder called "Windows".

Drive C: just simply has Windows 7 installed.

I have tried using EasyECD 1.7.2 to add the XP entry but I get an error message stating that there is a problem with "\nltdr" when I try and boot into windows.

Here is the information listed in the EasyBCD Window:

There are a total of 3 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 15 seconds.
Default OS: Windows 7

Entry #1

Name: Windows 7
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: C:... Read more

A:Problems with triple boot XP,Vista and 7


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I have four SATA II drives, four gig memory, etc, in my machine that have Windows XP and Vista dual-booting. Both OS's are installed on the same physical drives; about 150 gig each partition.

I've freed up one of the drives, changed the BIOS to boot from the DVD, and installed Windows 7, 64-bit. The installation completed without a hitch and the setup detected everything, sans the Viewsonic monitor. Windows did have a driver for the monitor, but I used the one for Vista 64-bit from Viewsonic and we are good.

After rebooting Windows 7, I expected to have couple of boot option but there's none. No XP and/or Vista, just Windows 7. I've tried to locate the bootmanager in Windows 7, but I couldn't find it and that worried me. There was no backup made since it should've picked up the other OS's.

I didn't touch any of the bootsectors, nor did Windows 7; the latter one did make the drive a primary disk and installed the boot record there. After modifying the BIOS, making the the XP/Vista drive the first drive to be booted, XP and Vista came back, but Windows 7 disappeared. I can boot either OS's by changing the order the drives are booted by the BIOS, but I rather have the choice for XP/Vista/7 in the boot menu.

I am not sure why Windows 7 didn't pick up on the other OS's; the reason could be the SATA drives, if I'd have to guess. Since "disk 1" was set as the first drive to boot by the BIOS, Windows 7 did not check other drives and declared itself the only OS.

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A:Triple boot XP, Vista, and Windows 7...

Boot into Win7. Then use EasyBCD to add the XP and Vista partitions each as a boot choice. Use add/remove entries on the left side of the program. Don't forget to hit save after you add them. Not too tough. Post back if you need further help. Good luck.

EasyBCD: http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

After you've done that successfully and booted into all 3 OS successfully, you can then work on getting rid of the second boot screen that will appear when booting either Vista or XP.

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

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

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

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

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

PLease somebody must be abele to offer some assistance

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

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Hi all,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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I am in the process of rebuilding (replacing) my gaming PC, I was planning to dual boot Win7/Win8 only, but then I got a copy of GOTY Fallout 3. Try as I must, I can not get it to work in Win7 on my current PC and some older games that run "better" in XP/Vista then Win7, (FEAR, TimeShift)

I have purchased 2 Kingston Hyper X SSDs, 240GB each. and a WD Black 1TB for files.

This is my (orginal) plan:

1st SSD: Win7
2nd SSD: Win8
3rd 1TB: Storage, mainly Steam Games.

Alternative Plan:
1st SSD: Win7
2nd SSD: Win8
3rd Drive (250GB to 500GB): Vista
4th 1TB: Storage, mainly Steam Games

Now, I know that I would need to install them in sequence, Vista, Win7 and Win8.

So I have installed dual boot before, on a single drive, but is there any differences in installing this kind of setup on separate drives. Or just business as usual, install one OS at a time on each corresponding drive?

Any comments or suggestions would be appreciated.

A:Triple Boot, Vista, Win7 and Win8 and separate Drives (attempt)

I would install each OS with all other drives unplugged. Then set Win7 as preferred to boot first in BIOS setup. Boot the other less important OS's using the one-time BIOS Boot Menu key.

This keeps them independent to come and go as you please without having all booted by the first installed.

If you don't like booting the secondaries this way then install EasyBCD to Win7 to add the other two OS's. They will still remain independent this way but be added to a Windows Boot menu.

Look over these steps to get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
which compiles everything that works best to get and keep a perfect install, even for retail.

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

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

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

FILE \windows\system32\winload.exe

Status: 0xc0000428

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

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

the funk

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

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

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

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

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

Loading GRUB stage 1.5

Error 22

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

EDIT: Would fdisk /mbr correct my problem?

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

fdisk /mbr

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

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

This was my boot.ini setup after using EasyBCD -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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

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

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

status: 0xc000000f

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

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

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

You should try reinstalling XP

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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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So i had a win 7 and 8 dual boot system where
0 was sys reserved
1 was 7
2 was 8

i needed win xp for a piece of software so i shrunk my partition 1 (biggest and win 7)
and grabbed 40 gb for my xp install.

installed xp and obviously lost my boot loader for 7 and 8 so when i booted xp i installed easybcd and it showed my only boot loader was for 7 and 8 (even tho i was logged into xp. im guessing xp made it so that its partition now partition 2 was the boot partition.
but easybcd is still seeing part. 0 sys reserved as the boot. when i changed my active partition back to sys reserved it found the win 7 and 8 options but when i try to load 7 goes bsod for a second then restarts. 8 says error: inaccessible boot device.

how can i fix this? i repointed the boot partition back to xp so that i could log on here to talk to you all.

easybcd doesnt not even recognize a boot loader for xp. when im in xp it says my only bootloaders are for 7 and 8. WTF????

how could i completely recreate a boot manager for all 3?

A:triple boot system installed xp after win7 and 8-boot problems

You may try Automatic Repair - Run in Windows 8 - Windows 8 Forums , it should fix all the bootloaders.

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

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

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Heres the run down:

Hard drive with 3 partitions.

Installed XP first
Installed Vista second

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

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

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

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!




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

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

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

Then it just sat trying to boot (flashing _ )

I popped in the vista DVD, hit repair installation.

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

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

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

A:boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

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I have my desktop configured with as a triple boot system.

Win 98
Win XP Professional
Win XP Professional

I had everything working fine for quite some time now. I had to do a repair on one of my XP Pro installs. I had previously installed Service Pack 2. I booted from the windows CD, did my repair and everything worked fine.

But I noticed that certain functions and modules that service pack 2 had previously installed left traces behind. The wireless network wizard was still in the control panel but it didn't function. In fact my wireless network wouldn't function at all.

I thought it would be simple. Install SP2 again. I installed it and restarted my computer. Before ever getting to restart, it hung up on the shut down.

I finally had to reset it. On reboot, it will no longer boot into any of my OS's. I cannot boot from the XP CD either. It hangs up when it says, "Windows is starting." I cannot get into the recovery console from the CD and I didn't have it installed on the hard disk drive. Any suggestions?

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Hi -

Had a dual boot set up with Win 7 and XP pro each on its own hdd, Installed new hdd and put XP pro on it. Now when I boot the WBM only shows two OSs, the original XP and Win 7, can I get the second copy of XP pro to show so I can select it?

Thanks -

Oh, I know that if I purchase or download a third party boot manger software I can make it happen, just want to know if I can get this to work in Win 7 without buying/installing anything. Yhea, I am cheap.

A:Triple boot with two copies of XP Pro and one with Win 7 - boot issue

So you have three HDDs now ? Each having a sing copy of OS installed ?

If so, it is the best practice to use the the BIOS Boot Menu (F8 for Asus motherboards). After power on, when the motherboard splash screen appears, tap and hold F8, it will list up all the possible drives to boot from. Select which one you want by the scroll arrow keys, and enter to boot from it. Let the MBR not to be messed up.

But if you want to use a third party boot manager, you may opt for the free version of EasyBCD. Get it from EasyBCD - Take control of your boot loader | NeoSmart Technologies .

To add all the three boot entries to MBR , run Startup Repair with all the three HDDs plugged in.

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

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

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


status 0xC0000428

Windows cannot verify digital signature for this file.

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Beef

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Status: 0xc000000f

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

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

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

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

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I originally have win98 working on my PC then decided to have a dual OS with WinXP. I used partition Magic to have two logical drive and installed Win XP on drive D. My PC was working fine using two OS Win98 on drive c and WinXP Pro on drive d for months.

While using Win98 I noticed that internet explorer runs to slow compare when using XP. So I decided to clean up drive c with Norton Utilities but still explorer seems slow. then decided to restart PC. When I start my PC again a system invalid message appeared. I made use of system recovery disk for win98. but after a while for what ever reason I decided to type sys c while on dos. when I start my PC only Win98 is now running.

The original start-up which make me choose which OS to use does not appear anymore???I double check by boot.ini and seems OK.

Can anybody help me restore by dual boot configuration. My friends tell me that it has something to do with the first boot partition after typing sys c just to restore my win98??

Please assist me as I'm having hard time using win98 on the Internet...Also please provide me tips how to boost my Win98

A:Dual Boot XP+98 Won't Work

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Laptop came with Windows 8 and has been updated to 8.1

Installed Ubuntu on a new partition, but no matter how many times I try, I can't get the machine to load Grub at power-on. If I boot Super Grub Disk/Rescatux, I see the installed Ubuntu, but other tools (like EasyBCD) only see Windows.

Apparently, we're no longer using MBR? Everything I used to know about computers seems to have become false in the last year or 2. How do I get Grub working on this new EFI thing?

A:Getting Dual Boot to Work?

Try Ubuntuforums UEFI installing hints, tips, & tricks:
UEFI Installing - Tips

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Ok, first off this is an old nw8440. Not much but all I've got right now, and this thing has been extremely reliable for me so far. Anyway I will explain that I had put a new harddrive in it and a copy of Win7 that had been collecting dust since I'd gotten rid of a newegg custom build a while back. 
Reading into it, its supposed to work mostly fine but really nw8440 doesn't support Win7 and I've had a couple minor issues, so I want a dual boot with XP on it too. So yesterday I proceeded to start installing XP on the 2nd partition, the D drive. This is actually the original installation cd that came with the computer. 
As you know, after doing the basic stuff, it is supposed to then boot you into Windows XP and finish the installlation. Well I guess it was stuck, I got the "could not read from selected boot disk" error. I tried messing with the repair option a few times, to get the bootcfg working, but nothing, the computer wouldn't run. So I gave up there and popped the Win7 cd in to do the quick repair, and now I'm able to start the computer again. There's some files there in the D drive from the attempted XP install. 
So, how can I get XP working now? I think I might be getting closer, I've used EasyBCD 2.2 to add Windows XP from the list, and on restart it gives me a choice. Choosing XP just gives me an error, but I've noticed the path is all wrong, it tells me:
For Win7:\Windows\system32\winload.exe
For XP:    \NST\easyldr1
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A:Dual Boot, can't get it to work...

I suggest reading the entire instructions provided at Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP - Windows 7 Forums - http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/8057-dual-boot-installation-windows-7-xp.html .   Then, follow the instructions for Option Two. 
Once both installs are complete...you can use EasyBCD to correct the boot files.
The XP boot files are inferior to the Win 7 boot files...in effect, the XP boot files are worthless when dual-booting with a Win 7 install.  The Win 7 bootloader takes over and fooling around with the XP boot files will break any dual-boot that may have existed before which involves XP and Win 7.

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I have a toshiba x205-S9800 with vista premium. I want to set it up t dual boot XP but cant get it to work.

I set up a separate partition and everything for XP to go on, and I have a legal copy of xp.. but it wont let me do it for some reason. it says it cant find any of the hard drives?? do I need a RAID driver? i wasnt able to find one for my system, please help!!

A:Cant get dual boot to work

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I have a toshiba x205-S9800 with vista premium. I want to set it up t dual boot XP but cant get it to work.

I set up a separate partition and everything for XP to go on, and I have a legal copy of xp.. but it wont let me do it for some reason. it says it cant find any of the hard drives?? do I need a RAID driver? i wasnt able to find one for my system, please help!!

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About 3 days ago I reinstalled Windows 7 and though I would XP on this same HDD rather than my seperate one the installed Linux Mint. So I installed it in this order - Windows 7, XP and Linux Mint

Rather than using the Linux boot menu because it showed me Windows 7 twice rather than Windows 7 and XP So I used EasyBCD in Windows XP and added XP to find the drive its self and linux as well. Linux and windows 7 I can boot ok but when I choose the option for XP it just goes to a black screen no windows loading screen or anyhing just a black screen.

Does any have ides with this for me?

A:Triple boot unable to boot XP

My first view of this is that you failed to check the box in EasyBCD
Run EasyBCD.
NOTE: This is required to repair the Windows 7 boot file and add XP to the Windows Boot Manager list.

9. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Add New Entry button. (See screenshot below)A) In the top section under Operating Systems, click on the Windows tab. (See screenshot below)
​B) To the right of Type, select Windows NT/2k/XP/2k3 from the drop down menu. (See screenshot below)
WARNING: Be sure to leave the Automatically detect correct drive box checked.

C) To the right of Name, you can leave the default Microsoft Windows XP as the name to be displayed in the Windows Boot Manager, or you can type whatever name you would like to have instead. (See screenshot below)
​D) Click on the Add Entry button. (See screenshot below)

​10. On the left side of EasyBCD, click on the Bootloader Setup button, select (dot) the Install the Windows Vista/7 bootloader to the MBR option, and click on the Write MBR button. (See screenshot below)
​11. Close EasyBCD.

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Have a computer setup with 2 hard drives, a 30g and 40g. I have Win98se and W2Kpro on the 40g as dual boot. On the 30g, i have WinXPpro as a stand alone installation. I would like to modify the boot.ini file to include the option for the XP installation on the 30g drive. It currently is as follows:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
C:\="Microsoft Windows 98SE"

Could someone offer the needed addition to include XP on the other drive in the boot options please. Your help would be much appreciated.

A:Boot.ini file for Triple Boot

Here's some examples that may help you out

the partition is the tricky part

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

or probably this one

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Never dona a triple but messed with it when I was dual booting.

good luck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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When I can afford it, I'm getting another gateway with win7.

I have a gateway laptop m-6881 w/ vista 32bit HP sp2. (8/2008)
I also have a gateway tower S500 XP Pro 32bit SP3 ( 3/2003)
The laptop has 3 restore DVD's with the OS on it (sp1) - also other programs and drivers.
The tower has 4 restore CD's with the OS on it - including 2driver cd's, 2programs cd's.

Can I use the restore CD from the XP or/and vista machine on my win7 machine as a dual boot as long as I wipe the HDD of the XP machine and toss it? ( since all are gateways )
I no longer want to use my XP,win2000 or win98 rigs anymore.
I'm going to wipe the HDD and give them away.
This may not make sense but I can't get my fingers to type what I'm trying to say

{Dell laptop win98 and a Dell win2000 tower - I don't even boot them up anymore}

A:will restore cd's work as dual boot?

I think you are trying to ask if you can use the XP that came on a previous desktop as a secondary OS on your new PC as long as you format the hard drive of the original PC.

I think the answer is No, because that copy of XP is limited to that hardware, and I remember reading somewhere that when you change the hardware drastically then sometimes your OEM copy of XP will not activate as it will think it is a new machine.

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hi all,

I want to dual boot windows 7 and windows xp pro. What is happening
is - the OS that was most recently installed is the one that works.
I don't get any choice to choose during boot-up.

I didn't have this problem with the windows 7 RC1. How can I set
this up so I can choose the OS during boot-up?



A:How do I get a dual boot setup to work right?

Dual Boot Installation with Windows 7 and XP

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I have installed a new soundcard, Hercules Muse, on a dual boot XP/98 set up. There were no problems with XP, but on 98 there is something wrong. There is sound when I play cd's, but not on games. I have no control on volume either.

I think that there is s driver conflict. The card was installed first on XP. I have tried using the device manager on 98 to remove the card and reinstall it with 98 drivers, but the problem remains.

A:Soundcard won't work in dual boot

Try loading the generic chipset drivers for the cmedia 8738, it's the chipset on the muse, it's what I use on mine. You can get it from here.


One plus is that it comes with a better mixer than the one that came with the muse from hercules.

Great card for the money, you must really research your buys.

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