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add xp to vista bootloader

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by bballpaulwall, Jan 17, 2010.

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  1. bballpaulwall

    bballpaulwall Thread Starter

    Nov 30, 2007
    I have Vista Home Premium 32 bit installed on my Compaq laptop. I wanted to dual boot with XP so I partitioned off 40gb and installed XP onto that. Afterwards of course my Vista bootloader was wiped out. Using a Vista Recovery CD I was able to recover the bootloader and load into vista, but this wiped out my boot.ini and I can no longer get into XP. I have used bcedit in the past when dual booting a Windows 7 machine so I am somewhat familiar with it. When I use the command bcdedit /enum, the XP partition is not listed, so I cannot add it to the boot menu.
    I also tried rebuilding the bootcfg through the XP recovery
    All I want to do is have the menu to choose from either Vista or XP. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    I don't understand how repairing Vista had any effect on your boot.ini on a separate partition without affecting any other files there. Do you have anything else unusual about your setup?

    Of course, XP would not be listed in the BCD. If it were, you would not need to add it as a boot option because it would be there already.

    Try EasyBCD.
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