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Microsoft Windows xp professional w/serv...
January 21, 2010 at 05:50:55
Specs: Windows XP, AMD turion 64X2 4gb
I bought my computer with vista 64 on it and had a friend set it up dual boot with xp sp3. I had a boot sector corruption and had to wipe my drive and back up my files. When I first installed xp, it was an act of congress to find all the drivers online. Will the wizard refind the drivers on my back up drive or will I have to get all Where's Waldo about the drivers again??

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January 21, 2010 at 06:23:13
The wizard will ask you to install automattically (recommended) or specify the location of the drivers (advanced).

Choose advanced and add the backup device under "include this location in the search".

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January 21, 2010 at 14:10:37
I bought my computer with vista 64 on it .....

Which computer or mboard?

Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard.
The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.
The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots.

The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not specfic as the specific model number.

The computer system's or mboard's support site probably has XP drivers already all available in one place.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

I found out this while setting up a computer with XP MCE and Vista Premium...........

It's relatively easy to dual boot XP and Vista, even if they're on different hard drives and were loaded on those drives by themselves, and there are free programs available that make tweaking that easy. However, by default whenever you boot XP, ALL the accumulated System Restore restore points are lost in Vista, every time you boot XP (or 2000). That was a bonehead thing for Microsoft to not fix before they released Vista.
If you don't want to lose the Vista System Restore restore points every time you boot XP (or 2000)............
There is no Microsoft fix. There are Microsoft suggested workarounds, but some are only available if you have a Vista Ultimate or a Vista Business version (most people are using Vista Home Basic or Vista Home Premium because they're cheaper - brand name systems usually have Home Basic or Home Premium on them), and there is Microsoft suggested registry tweak you can do in Vista, if you don't have the Ultimate or Business version of Vista, but not every program you can load in Vista is compatible with that tweak, and in that case you have to undo the registry tweak at least temporarily, and then you lose the Vista restore points anyway.

The best solution, if you don't have the Ultimate or Business version of Vista, is to use a third party multi-boot boot manager program that can HIDE the Vista partition from the XP installation while booting XP, then the Vista restore points are NOT deleted.
I tried Partition Magic 8.0's Boot Magic program - it works, but it does not enable a mouse to select the operating system with (that was required for the disabled person that owns the computer) . I searched and found several boot manager programs with mouse support, that support booting Vista - some free - most will work with a USB mouse if Legacy USB or similar is enabled in the mboards's bios Setup. I found a site that says many of these don't support the Hibernate feature for mboards in Vista properly, but otherwise they work fine. I tried one free Linux based one - could not get it to work - not enough help info came with it or available online.
I tried BootIt! New Generation - it works fine andit DOES support the Hibernate feature for mboards in Vista properly, but it's $35 US after 30 days. The ones you pay for are about $25 and up. It's install program is only 8xx kb and easily fits on a boot floppy, or you can make a bootable CD - it's nice to know someone is still making programs that are not bloatware. It includes a simple partition manipulation program that you can create, resize, move, delete, copy, merge, etc. partitions with. It has lots of help in the program and online, but you do have to find out how to do some stuff manually (e.g. enable it to HIDE the Vista partition from the XP installation while booting XP), so it's not suitable for someone who's clueless.

(If you need more info about using BooIt! NG, PM me).

Update - the makers of BootIt! New Generation now have a video tutorial on their site about how to hide the Vista partition from XP while booting XP.

"I had a boot sector corruption"

Did you test your ram and your your hard drive with diagnostics?
Make sure the cables to the drive are installed okay, if this is a desktop computer?

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