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XP + Vista Boot Menu (lack of)

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by turck3, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. turck3

    turck3 Thread Starter

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    I recently aquired and installed an OEM version of Vista Ultimate 64-bit to my system, and I was hoping that it would detect my old version of XP and create a boot menu automatically for me, it did not.

    Doubt it's related, however my system is crazy powerful, Q9300, 9800 GTX, 980i Ultra Nvidia Chipset Motherboard, 4 gigs RAM, 1.5TB hard drive space...

    Here's what I know:
    1. My XP partition is definately intact
    2. My XP and Vista partitions are on different hard drives.
    3. I installed Vista when my XP hard drive was unplugged.
    4. Searching google revealed that it usually detects previous versions of windows
    5. Auto re-creating a Vista boot menu using the Easy BCD tool didn't add XP to it.
    6. Using Easy BCD, I tried to add XP, however it wouldn't set it to boot from my G:/Windows directory like it should have.
    7. I've got a fresh installation, I can reinstall Vista if needed.

    I'm going to try reinstalling vista while having my XP drive still connected, I hope that it will detect during installation, maybe not though.
     
  2. Mumbodog

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    "and I was hoping that it would detect my old version of XP and create a boot menu automatically for me"

    "3. I installed Vista when my XP hard drive was unplugged."

    Now, how could it?

    Yes Install Vista with the Xp drive plugged in, Or use this free software to correct your dual boot problem

    http://www.vistabootpro.org/
     
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