Posted 16 February 2008 - 04:31 AM
Thanks for the replies, sorry it's taken a few days to get back, I work away from home and I'm just back. I have until Wednesday and then I'll be away for 5 weeks so I want to get this put to bed before then if possible. I tried pressing F8 into the boot menu. That allowed me to decide what device to boot from, if I chose the hard drive with XP and vista installed on it - it just boots straight into XP. If I choose the DVD drive with the Vista disk in it I get the choice to boot from the DVD or if I wait it takes me to the boot manager screen where I can choose between booting from XP or VIsta. If I choose to boot from the DVD drive with the Vista disk in I get the installation screen, with no repair option. I I do boot into Vista using the above method It all works fine. If I boot into XP that too works fine. Both O/S's are installed and working correctly, it just doesn't want to bring up the boot manager screen with choice of O/S unless I first have the option of booting from the DVD drive. Is this a timing issue? Is it to do with the delay introduced by first trying to boot from the DVD? Another choice may be to copy the vista disk, use the copy during everyday booting(and keep the original safe) but will I be able to copy the disk succesfully?