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The Windows Vista Beta 2 Thread

By swker98
Jun 7, 2006
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  1. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

  2. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    thanks man

    im gonna try it wqith an sata drive

    if the drive installed without any drivers will vista be the same way
    thanks for the link will come in handy ;)
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Posts: 2,120

    Not sure what you mean about Vista being the same way. If the Vista installer sees your SATA drive at all, then your golden. Otherwise you'll be the first here (I think) to have a Vista/SATA/Driver problem.
  4. swker98

    swker98 TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,348

    ok cool


    thanks for your help
  5. luvhuffer

    luvhuffer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 638

    Hey guys. Vista is pretty cool eh? Except for it being agrivatingly slow. Anyway let me wade in on the dual booting thing. I installed a 30GB hard drive I had laying around. I formatted the drivew in NTFS. I reset the BIOS to boot from CD. When it came time I chose the 30 gig now my G drive and started the installation. Everything went pretty sooth, the boot loader worked fine and all. There was one little problem. When I booted to Vista the G drive became my C drive and the other 5 partitions got their lettering scrambled. When I booted to XP Home my original C drive became my C drive....again. Not good and too confusing for a feeble minded fogie like me! j/k, it's not that bad yet.

    Anyway I did a quick wipe of the G and made sure my drive letter associations were intact in Disk Management. Then I booted into XP Home and started the Vista CD in windows. This works I guess because it's both an upgrade and a fresh installer. When it came time to choose the location I specified the G drive and the installation went flawlessly. I now have Vista running on my G drive. Oh oh, a new minor problem. The boot loader shows 2 vista programs and the XP, now called older windows OS or some such. Since the bootloader is on the C drive I figured I could modify the boot.ini file to delete the old Vista which gives you an error when you try to load it.

    Well there wasn't anything on the boot.ini file. That's because Vista uses a different version. A file called bcdedit.exe which is in the system32 folder. The only way to open it is with the command prompt, and no matter what I did, it kept denying me permission to modify it. What I ended up doing was opening msconfig and went to the boot tab, where I was able to delete it.

    Now everything is hunky dory, as David would say. I just have the Vista and the XP on the boot loader window now.

    Something else. Be watchful as some of the sites with updated "Vista" drivers? Well they just don't work on a fresh install. I thing they (AVG for one) were designed to upgrade their perogram if you do an upgrade, not a clean install. Anyway excuse me now. I'm so tired of all these security prompts, I'm going to go undo what MS tried so hard to build, and reassign all the files on my G drive. Permissions, ownership, effective permissions etc. I'm expecting at least one crash along the way so I may as well just push the envelope from the get go eh? Oh last thing. I ordered the Vista CD on Sunday and it came today Wednesday. Pretty impressive.

    Edit sorry about the spelling. I haven't installed IESpel yet.
  6. NFSFAN

    NFSFAN TS Rookie Posts: 340

    Umm... This might be a little bit off topic, but i cant install windows vista build 5456. I wrote about it in a little bit more detail in another thread called "Windows Vista Beta 2 Build 5384 Compatibility List". See that for more details
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