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Setting Windows Xp to be default in Vista Boot Manager

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Fankle, Aug 8, 2006.

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  1. Fankle

    Fankle Thread Starter

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    Hello,
    I have just installed Windows Vista Beta on my computer, and at the boot loader I want to have Windows XP (installed on a different partition) to be the default boot option (AKA Older Version Of Windows). Is there a way to do this? Thank you.
     
  2. steven1350

    steven1350

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    edit the boot.ini file located in the c:\ drive

    Mine looks like this. I am assuming in yours there is two entries in "operating systems". (the kernel part in mine is extra (a cool bootloader))


    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional (bootscreen)" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn /KERNEL=kernel1.exe

    Just change the default to the xp partition
     
  3. Fankle

    Fankle Thread Starter

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    This is my Boot.ini file:
    ;
    ;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
    ;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
    ;
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT


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    After that warning at the top, I located and copied the output from BCDEDIT.exe shown below:
    C:\Documents and Settings\Fankle>W:\Windows\System32\bcdedit.exe

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {bootmgr}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {globalsettings}
    default {default}
    displayorder {ntldr}
    {default}
    toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
    timeout 30

    Windows Legacy OS Loader
    ------------------------
    identifier {ntldr}
    device partition=C:
    path \ntldr
    description Earlier version of Windows

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {default}
    device partition=W:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Microsoft Windows
    locale en-US
    inherit {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice partition=W:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {50c73d4d-e6b3-11da-bc73-d30cdb1ce216}
    nx OptIn

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    I'm not sure what yours had that was different, can you modify one or both of these to show me what I need to put in the file? If I need to modify the BCDEDIT.exe, can you also give me information on how to do so, thank you for your time.
     
  4. steven1350

    steven1350

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    sorry, I'm not sure how to edit this one :confused:
     
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