Dual operating system

By althebowler ยท 6 replies
Sep 29, 2009
  1. I have a 40gb ide hard drive which is my main drive, it has win xp pro on it. I also have a 100gb sata drive. I have put win vista on it but it will not boot up when i start all i get is a black blank screen. What do i have to do to run vista?
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    Not enough information to diagnose your problem at this point. Because based on what is given it should work.

    The information needed should be something (but not limited) to this:
    Was XP running before, did you begin the setup of vista from within XP or from Vista dvd?
    What is your BIOS set to boot from?
    Can you force XP to start if you choose it from the bios's bootloader.
    Did the vista installation finish, did it even begin?
  3. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    First, it's "Dual Boot", not "Dual OS"

    You set the boot order in BIOS but if you want to boot from the other drive on occasion, you need to press F3 (or whatever your BIOS specifies) and then select with HDD you want.

    I think you're thinking about a dual boot system on a single HDD where you are prompted on every restart. That is setup in the MBR for the disk drive.

    -- Andy
  4. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413


    Wait a bit. Windows should be loading in about 30 seconds. Once you are into Windows Vista or Windows XP, click the Start button. Click Run. Type in msconfig. Click on the boot.ini tab. Click use modifided boot.ini. Change your timeout.
  5. almcneil

    almcneil TS Guru Posts: 1,277

    superty12, what you're referring to is the timeout for a multiple OS installations on a single drive. althebowler has single OS installation installation on each drive. That timeout doens't apply in this case. He/she needs to choose whcih drive to boot from.

    -- Andy
  6. superty12

    superty12 TS Enthusiast Posts: 413

    I get it too

    No, I get this too on my computer.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +422

    You can modify the boot.ini to boot both on either drive after the recent install wiped out the ability to get to the first.

    But the problem with this thread is everyone is speculating because the OP had a lack of important details in the post, and has failed to reply back with those details. Without more information its just shooting in the dark.
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