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Solved: Dual-boot: Vista and XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by yonyz, Mar 20, 2009.

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  1. yonyz

    yonyz Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I recently have installed XP aside Vista.
    Currently, the Vista bootloader is "in control".
    I want the XP bootloader to be in control, so XP will be the default OS,
    so when I start my PC, I won't need to select "XP" anymore, because right now, it's my main OS.

    How can I do that?
     
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  3. Elvandil

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    Vista's will have to be in control. The XP one does not even recognize Vista. But you can still have XP be the default boot. Just use VistabootPro or EasyBCD.
     
  4. yonyz

    yonyz Thread Starter

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    What if I want to delete the Vista partition?
    Will XP work then?
     
  5. Armiris

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    XP should still work if you remove Vista. They are both separate operating systems, so one should still work without the other.
     
  6. shinybeast

    shinybeast Malware Specialist

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    It depends on where the XP boot files are. If you delete Vista partition and the XP boot files are there (ntldr, ntdetect.com, boot.ini) XP won't boot. This would be the case if Vista is on the first partition of the disk and XP on the second. If they are on separate drives then it should be OK.
     
  7. Elvandil

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    It really depends where the MBR and boot files are. You may need to run fixboot and fixmbr on the XP partition if Vista is removed.
     
  8. yonyz

    yonyz Thread Starter

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    Can you please tell me the exact commands I should use in the Windows Recovery Console, in case my PC won't boot?
     
  9. Lance1

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    You may also need to do a Bootcfg. Go HERE for bootcfg options.
     
  10. yonyz

    yonyz Thread Starter

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    I've deleted the Vista partition and my PC doesn't boot right now.
    I tried applying the "bootcfg /rebuild" command in the Recovery Console,
    but is says it couldn't scan my HD for Windows installations, because it may be corrupted.
    As it suggested, I used chkdsk, but that didn't solve my problem.

    I think the cause of the problem is that my only partition, that is the XP partition,
    is an Extended partition, and not a primary one.

    If I could somehow boot into XP, I could use Paragon Partition Manager to change my partition to a primary partition, but obviously, I can't.

    If I'm right about the cause of the problem, then I need a USB-bootable partition manager that will let me change my partition from Extended to Primary.
    It can't be a CD, because the other computers in my house have non-working burners.

    It I'm wrong, then please tell me how to fix the problem, or at least tell me it's cause.

    And if you know an applicable USB-bootable partition manager, please post it here:
    http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/811341-usb-partition-manager.html#post6580862

    Thank you.
     
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