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Dual Boot Xp And Vista


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#1 JazzMahn

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 08:47 AM

I have been running Vista Ultimate since the end of January and decided to dual boot with Windows XP. Since setting up a dual boot system, I have found that I am loosing the restore points in Vista when I move back and forth between operating systems.

In doing some research, I cam across a fix that it is quite interesting that I wanted to share. The link is as follows:

http://bertk.mvps.org/html/disableide.html

It goes on to state the If Windows XP and Vista are installed on separate physical hard drives the following method can be used to preserve restore points by hiding Vista from Windows XP.

*Log onto the system as an administrator

*Go to Start-Run and type devmgmt.msc then press enter for Device Manager.

*Right click on the channel that hold the Vista drive.

*Select Secondary IDE Channel

*Select Do not use this device (disable) and then select OK

MY QUESTION IS: IS THIS DONE IN VISTA OR XP I'm afraid if I did this in Vista when I am supposed to do it in XP that I would shut down Vista and not be able to get back into it.

The concept seems solid but I just need some enlightment. I would like to keep both XP and Vista as a dual boot but the reason I set one up was that I wanted to move between the two. Loosing restore points in Vista has all but eliminated that capability. I haven't been in XP since God knows when.

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. If I can't resolve this, I cam going to delete the dual boot option and just remain in Vista.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 08:50 AM

Can someone walk me through how to delete the XP/Vista dual boot that I have now on my computer. I wish to dump XP in total if I can't find a way to save my restore points in Vista. Is it as simple as reformating my XP hard drive thus deleting the XP installation. Will that eleiminate the option to choose vista or an earlier microsoft operating system (XP).

Thanks in advance. I'm just trying to find out what I can do if I'm not able to fix the restore point issue.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 10:20 AM

Did you follow this guide in setting up the dual boot?
http://www.winsupersite.com/showcase/winvista_install_04.asp

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 10:43 AM

Jaycee,

Thanks for responding. I didn't find this site until well after I had set up a dual boot with XP and Vista Ultimate. I purchased a 350 gig Sata Drive and installed Vista on it. I set the drive letter for Vista as V. I maintained the XP home drive which is 80 gigs and left it as C. I also have a partioned drive D (D & E) of 250 gigs for storage.

Everything works properly but with the issue of restore points being deleted when I go back and forth between SP and Vista, I am considering doing away with the XP drive.

I thought I had done everything properly. Not sure now that I have. Is there a way I can get back to just the Vista drive and do away with the XP drive.

Thanks Jaycee for your help.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 05:53 PM

You can format the partition with XP on it and can use BCDEdit to edit the boot files to remove reference to XP in the bootup sequence. Or, alternatively, you can format the XP partition and use the Vista Startup Repair option to fix things for you.
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Posted 27 August 2007 - 05:55 PM

I'm sorry JazzMahn, I don't know how to do that. You'll have to wait for someone with the experience and knowledge to help you there.

EDIT: Ahh...usasma replied to you before I finished typing :huh:

Edited by Jacee, 27 August 2007 - 05:58 PM.

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Posted 27 August 2007 - 06:04 PM

Just another note, if the XP partition is also the boot partition - then you'll have to use the second method that I mentioned if the format cleans out the boot sector.
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