dualboot with vista and XP

August 14, 2009 at 21:55:47
Specs: Windows XP
i was using vista, and recently i installed XP Sp2. After installation i am not getting vista boot. My computer directly goes to XP. Can anybody tell me how could i get my Vista installation back now.??

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August 14, 2009 at 22:04:24
How did you install it?

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August 14, 2009 at 23:10:55
You install XP first then install Vista on seperate partions/hard drives, Vista will create a Boot Loader, if you installed XP after Vista you have overwrote the Vista Boot Information:

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August 15, 2009 at 09:31:19
As indicated above, the earlier version of the Windows should have been installed first. This is because Vista uses the BCD -- Boot Configuration Database -- store, as opposed to the Boot.ini file XP uses to boot, which isn't compatible Vista startup routine.

You can fix this in more than one way: What I use & usually recommend is EasyBCD. It'll easily fix your botched bootloader & you can also manage your dualboot menu from its GUI interface.

- Once you've downloaded & installed the program

- Run it & click the "Manage Bootloader" button

- Select the "Reinstall Vista Bootloader" radio button from the top menu & then click "Write MBR"

Don't forget to reboot your machine after the above.

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