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Boot manager problem

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by jack44070, Feb 2, 2007.

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  1. jack44070

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    I just installed Vista Home Premium a computer running XP Media Edition.
    At boot the Boot Manager comes up with XP Professional as the default option.
    By using the up arrow I can move the cursor to Viista and it starts fine.
    I tried the System and Maintenance in the control panel -
    Advanced system settings, startup and recovery settings, system startup to select Vista
    as the default Op Sys. Same results XP Pro is the default in the boot mgr.

    How can I get Vista set as the default Op Sys. ?
     
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    I tried the suggestion offered by TechB. It did not solve the problem. I tried the system and maintenance procedure again -- NO help. It lists Vista as the default.

    The Vistabookpro only does not list XP Pro as an option.

    Anyone else have a suggestion ?
     
  4. TechB

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    Are you using a 3rd party boot manager?
     
  5. jack44070

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    My hard drive is partitioned using power quest partition majic -- so that is a possibility.
     
  6. Elvandil

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    If you have a third-party boot manager, you will need to make the changes in that manager's settings.

    Though you may get the same results, you can also try EasyBCD.
     
  7. jack44070

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    partition majic won't run und Vista.

    easybcd didn't solve the problem.

    Like all the other repair tools, it doesn't see the XP Pro entry.
     
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    Does it boot to XP if you make no change on the boot manager page?
     
  9. jack44070

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    It tries to boot XP, but it no longer exists.

    I did a clean install after I had the boot problem with the normal install.

    I think partition majic has setup a boot record that is over-riding the boot manager, but I don't
    know how to correct the problem.
     
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    Partition Magic does appear to work, but it loads with an warning that it has known problems with Vista. I didn't find anything refering to booting. When I tried to use the program help, it says the old help files are in a format not supported by Vista.
     
  11. Elvandil

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    How did you remove XP?

    Try booting from the Vista DVD and using the startup repair option. If possible, before you do the repair, delete the partition that held XP before and leave it as unallocated space until the problem is fixed. You can delete the partition from Disk Management in Vista (unless it still sees it as a system partition, in which case you will need a third-party app runing outside of Vista).
     
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    Problem solved.

    Problem was an XP file boot.ini. that is not needed by Vista.

    Removing the file fixed the problem.

    Thanks to everyone who tried to help.
     
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    You can mark the thread "solved" using the Thread Tools. Where exactly was this boot.ini located and how did it get there?
     
  14. jack44070

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    The boot.ini file was located in the C:\ folder.
     
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