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How To Boot From Different Partition On 1 Hdd


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#1 hockeyrick

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Posted 20 July 2008 - 11:21 PM

I have an Acer laptop (has 1 HDD but with 2 partition-C/D), came with Vista, but was having many problems with it, so I installed XP on partition D, Vista is of course on C.
Well it worked wonderfully!. But I had this nagging to re-install Vista to see if it might work better as I love some of its features.

Well, still have those issues, but now I cannot get back to XP on D, only does C

Can anyone tell me if it is possible to do this? On the Boot Bios, it just reads the 1 HDD, no partitions, and always boots from C

I am not that well-versed in all the computer stuff so please take it easy on me!!!
you can also PM me if that would be better!

Thx for any help

Also, with Vista, when I go to automatically connect the the net, it pics up my wireless connection, connects, but nothing comes on.
I get a warning box that says "Cannot connect to the Primary DNS,"then it gives me an address.
How can I remedy this problem????

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 02:00 AM

It sounds like you may have deleted the second partition when you reinstalled Vista. Go to My Computer and and see how many drives are showing up under Hard Disk Drives. If there is only the C:, then this is what has happened.

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 11:46 PM

no, both are visible,
is there some way to change the boot log or something with Vista?
why does the boot automatically go to partition c? why not a choice of c/d?

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Posted 21 July 2008 - 11:58 PM

The choice should be there when the computer boots, watch it and see. Usually it will stop for about fifteen seconds to make the choice of which system to boot from, and a choice isn't made it will boot from the C: (default) drive.

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