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Vista boot problem

By althebowler
Aug 6, 2009
  1. I have xp installed on my main drive and i have vista installed on the other, vista will not boot off of the other drive. I have tried the start up repair facility but to no avail, any suggestions.
     
  2. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    Hi althebowler,
    have you gone into your bios and change the HDD boot sequence?
     
  3. althebowler

    althebowler TS Rookie Topic Starter

    yes i have
     
  4. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    I figured you did,had to ask.
    when you go into your admin program , what drive does it show as the boot drive? and what letter has it assigned?
     
  5. althebowler

    althebowler TS Rookie Topic Starter

    the drive with vista on it. drive E;
     
  6. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,219   +157

    okay, i had what sounds like the same thing happen to me. I brought a HDD with XP on it over to a new build as a storage device, i installed vista on the main drive. my machine would not boot from the vista drive, it would not boot at all without the storage drive at all actually. i would wait for a second opinion on this as i cant be sure that we were in exactly the same boat, and the fix for my situation actually wasn't supposed to make sense. but in my case i re-assigned the drive letter on the boot drive and cleared the CMOS. but again wait for another opinion because when i posted this scenario last year it had some techs scratching their heads.

    BTW, the boot drive should be C:\, but mine was doing the same thing.
     
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