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Dual boot vista & xp

By chadlebowski
Apr 5, 2008
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  1. hi - i've tried everything and can't manage dual booting.
    I have bcdedit, everyhting seems right, and dual booting used to work.
    I don't have immediate access to my xp and vista install disks
    now the pc just boots straight into xp, and i can't get the boot option menu

    ta
  2. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

  3. chadlebowski

    chadlebowski TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey

    I used that "apc mag" page when doing this the first time round!
    And i've just moved house, and left installation disks behind - I'll get the girlfriend to post them down, and in the meantime keep scouring!

    Cheers
  4. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    So did you try EasyBCD ?
    Also, did you want to copy/paste your boot.ini file here

    Otherwise just wait for the discs.
  5. chadlebowski

    chadlebowski TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey!

    I got the vista disc; although i messed up my xp boot (via device manager, i think), and can't get it back! Do you perhaps know if theres a way to edit an xp boot.ini without running xp itself?
  6. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    Good news.

    You can edit the boot.ini from a command line too
    Running any Windows CD to the Recovery command will do.

    Firstly you need to remove the Read only attribute:
    c:\>attrib -R boot.ini
    You can also unhide it
    c:\>attrib -H boot.ini
    And even Edit it
    c:\>Edit boot.ini
    Pressing ALT->Down Arrow ->Save
    Once complete
    (you can reset the Hidden and Read Only attributes back once in Windows again)

    The above commands can be done by changeing to the HardDrive C:
    And going to the root of the drive CD\
  7. chadlebowski

    chadlebowski TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Hey

    I got as far as trying to de-attrib bot.ini - it said not resetting hidden file. Tried running cmd as administrator, couldn't change drive to xp... there was no -r attrib on the file.

    I'll give it a whirl in safe mode
  8. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 18,353

    attrib -h -s -r c:\boot.ini

    Should work, (It says: remove Hidden, Remove System, Remove Read Only.)
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