Dual Boot: Vista first then XP

By tyke01 ยท 12 replies
Oct 29, 2007
  1. Anyone know if I can do this without loosing my data?
  2. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    you can!

    Create another partition on your harddrive with decent space. You then need to get your vista install dvd and install to that harddrive you just created. Vista will now take over the boot record of the harddrive, but if you "boot to earlier windows version" you can boot to your XP Partition still.

  3. knight+

    knight+ TS Rookie

    What if I have 2 hard drives?


    I had XP on my older computer,
    bought a new computer with vista 32 bit.
    Want to integrate my OLD hard drive in with the new tower, and be able to run software from the old HD as XP while new programs and such on Vista. Can this be done?

    I have searched and found that others use the SAME HD to do this, but I want to use a separate HD as it has all my files and old programs and games (esp. those that are incapatable with Vista)

    any ideas? thanks
  4. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    yes you can do this, but you will require to edit the boot.ini on vista (msconfig can help you here)

  5. knight+

    knight+ TS Rookie

    thanks for the reply.

    so if i goto msconfig...and do the edit, is it straight forward?

    When i connected the two drives in the past, when i load windows, it says that there was an error...i guess since both drives say they are the master drive. will this correct that issue?

    i'm sorry, but this is all new to me. about the only thing i know in msconfig is how to change the startup applications.

    again thanks for your help.

    - Knight+
  6. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 48

  7. knight+

    knight+ TS Rookie

    Hi, thanks again.
    when i click the link, it says it's for xp, can I apply this to vista msconfig?

    what is cable select? how do i know if i have it? you know what? i will google that one.

    but if you can please clarify the link...can I use it on vista, or do I have to make my xp drive the master and the vista the slave?

    also, i think setting up the slave drive is changing the pin config in the back of the HD. Is this correct?
  8. eroz

    eroz TS Enthusiast Posts: 76

    When you get to the end of the page, you find this.
    The link embeded there might have the info you are looking for.
  9. knight+

    knight+ TS Rookie

    ugh...this is a pain....i really don't like vista....

    they did this on purpose huh? too many people were getting around and making XP too convienent :p

    ok...i will do my best...i appreciate the help

    - Knight+
  10. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    Your welcome :)

    If you want vista still...

    This is how my PC is setup:

    XP Harddrive is Master, Vista is Slave.

    XP was installed first, then i installed second harddrive installed vista to that...Vista will override both Master Boot Records (MBR) and when you boot it'll give you a choice screen with "Earlier Version of Windows" (windows XP) and the "Windows Vista" (which boots to windows vista). By Default, Windows Vista is the primary boot option.

  11. knight+

    knight+ TS Rookie

    so using this way...i should follow the example from the link you gave me earlier...with the msconfig and boot.ini right? also change is so the XP is the master and vista is the slave, right? will this have any effect on the effectivness of my computer? no right?

    so many quesitons...i'm sorry...but i want to get this to work. i apprecaite your patience with me.

    - Knight+
  12. PBNinja101

    PBNinja101 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    no effect what so ever mate.

  13. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    No you can do it, sorry I got here so late. As its been pointed out, that boot.ini thing doesn't work in Vista.

    What you want is a program called EasyBCD.
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