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Solved: dual boot xp & vista on different h/d's

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by jayjayuno, Nov 6, 2007.

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  1. jayjayuno

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    I have installed vista on this pc on a different h/d from which xp is installed. However this machine always boots into xp by default, I have to press F12 during bios boot up to choose the h/d to boot into. Is there a way to get it to default into booting onto the vista h/d? Have tried doing all that stuff in advanced system menu, but the drop down menu only shows vista under default operating system.
    Would like to have a paused simple choice when starting the pc of vista or xp with a default to vista if nothing is selected. Is that poss without reinstalling everything on the same h/d?
    TIA
     
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  3. Elvandil

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    Try VistaBootPro or EasyBCD.

    http://www.vistabootpro.org/
    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

    If Vista does not control the boot process, you have have better luck with a bootloader. This one has a countdown to a default.

    http://gag.sourceforge.net

    It's a fantastic boot loader with a graphic UI that I use almost exclusively. It can be installed to the hard drive or used from floppy. Make the floppy writable when you make the bootable floppy for installation and it will save the MBR so it can be restored if you decide to remove GAG.
     
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    Thanks that seems to have sorted it.
     
  5. Elvandil

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    You can mark your own threads "solved" using the Thread Tools above.
     
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    What did you finally go with?
     
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    Bit out of my depth with Gag.
    Vista boot pro was easy after I had made a change in the Cmos setup.
     
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    Sorry to hear that. I think GAG is the best boot loader I have ever found. I even use it to boot otherwise unbootable systems.

    But people seem to have a hard time figuring it out for some reason. Maybe the help is bad. But once the floppy is created, it is fairly easy from there. And you get a nice, graphical interface to choose an operating system from.

    In any case, glad you got it set up.
     
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