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boot problems, vista / xp dual boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by kjdooris, Jun 26, 2008.

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  1. kjdooris

    kjdooris Thread Starter

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    Heres the run down:

    Hard drive with 3 partitions.

    Installed XP first
    Installed Vista second

    I want to format the XP partition to install a light version.

    The XP partition is the Boot partition, so i cant format it.

    How do i change the boot partition to be the Vista partition. (what files need moved, where from where to, do they need edited in any way etc)


    This is annoying my head!! if i had installed Vista first there would have been no problem i take it!

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks



    EDIT

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    Problem that occured trying to sort this out, which is fixed

    I needed to format the XP partition, but it wouldnt let me, as its partition was the boot partition.

    The XP partiton was marked active, so I marked the vista partition as active, and restarted.

    Then it just sat trying to boot (flashing _ )

    I popped in the vista DVD, hit repair installation.

    I ran the startup repair tool, it detected that the boot file was missing. It said it fixed the error, and i restarted the machine.

    The same problem is happening..... (flashing _ )

    I tried running the startup repair tool again, but it now does not detect any errors.


    I used ultimate boot cd to mark the XP partition as active, robooted and it loaded up like it did originally.
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  2. danieldp

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    try tis i hopes it works for you :rolleyes:
     

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  3. Elvandil

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    Remove the XP partition and leave it empty. Run Vista Startup Repair and get Vista booting. Then partition your empty partition and install what you want (and some sort of boot management, of course).

    Use Parted Magic.
     
  4. kjdooris

    kjdooris Thread Starter

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    Daniel: Its already set like that.

    Elvandil: I'll give that a try, then follow the sticky threads instructions to install XP
     
  5. danieldp

    danieldp

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    kewl, i remeber it happen to me too, so i install xp than install on other partition, however try the steps on this link and comment by others who have already used this link successfully.
     
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