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Can't Access Vista When Xp Was Installed

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#1 gneb


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Posted 07 January 2008 - 05:43 AM

i'm not sure if this is the right place for this one...
my friend's laptop has pre-installed vista but wanted me to install xp since some of her important software can't run on vista.. i made a partition for xp so i won't have to remove vista in case she changed her mind. everything went well until i installed vistabootloader. there's a boot option for both xp and vista. vista worked but when i tried to click xp, the computer just restarted.. and that's what always happen from then on everytime i click xp.. what do u think is the problem? and by the way, what if i just decided to really remove vista, is that possible? because i tried to delete that partition with vista but there's no option for "delete"

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Posted 07 January 2008 - 03:22 PM

I didn't think you needed a boot loader to do that. You just create a boot.ini that shows you a choice and save it on the main partition. Can you access the XP partition from vista?

To edit Vista’s boot manager you have to use the command line BCDEDIT utility. To access BCDEDIT, run the Command Window as an administrator and type in BCDEDIT.
Sadly BCDEDIT isn’t an easy tool to use, because it’s purely command line-driven. So, you can use EasyBCD by NeoSmart Technologies. EasyBCD has a GUI frontend to BCDEDIT, and makes it much easier. Get It Here
In EasyBCD:

To configure the bootloader go to “Configure Boot” – you’ll see the two entries, for XP and Vista. To change the name of Windows XP, just overwrite “Earlier Version of Windows” with “Windows XP” and click Save Settings.

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 12:25 AM

i should have waited for your reply instead... what i did already is i formatted the partition that has the xp os and then re-installed xp again.. and now there's no more option for boot up. the computer automatically boots up with xp. i can only access the docu in vista if i browse it on my computer. the option before to boot up with vista is no longer there.. i'm very confused already so i guess i'll just remove vista and completely shift to XP. but how do i remove the vista partition?

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Posted 09 January 2008 - 04:48 PM

Use BCDEdit to repair the boot option in Vista. Be patient wait for replies before you jump in at the deep end.

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Posted 12 January 2008 - 08:50 PM

I wrote a tutorial a while ago for a client of mine. It shows how to do exactly what you're trying to do: http://www.userfriendlysf.com/vbp/

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Posted 17 January 2008 - 05:05 AM

When you install XP after Vista.... XP will over write Vista's ability to boot.
To reinstall Vista's boot facility:
Restart your pc with the Vista dvd in the drive.
On the main installation screen, instead of clicking 'Install now' .. click 'Repair your Computer'
This displays the System Recovery options box.
Select Microsoft Windows Vista and click Next.
On the list of recovery tools... click on Start up repair.
When finished.... remove the Vista dvd and click Finish.
Your pc will now boot into Vista instead of XP.
You can select XP from the boot up screen by selecting Early Version of Windows
or you can change this by using the method previously mentioned. (BCDEdit)


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