Hey Holiday, not directly my area, but I can give you some quick answers...
Vista uses a new database called "BCD" to contain boot configuration data
and a whole new architecture for booting using a brand new boot component
called "BOOTMGR". It never tries to understand "boot.ini" or how to boot an
earlier version of windows. When you select the "Earlier Version" option, it
runs NTLDR, and uses that to boot the earlier version of Windows.
Regards BCDEDIT, it's a command line editor. You should use this in an
"elevated" command prompt (right-click on the "Command" icon and click "Run
as Administrator"). If you type "BCDEDIT /?" it lists all the options, and
how to get more information on it's use.
Regards drive letters, there have been lots of problems in the past where
applications expect "C:" to be the volume that contains the OS. Vista
shuffles drive letters around to help such older programs work. It's bit me
on occasion, until I got used to it. One thing that helps is to utilize the
ability to label volumes.
Jamie Hunter [MS]
"Holiday" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>I setup a dual boot on a SATA 160GIG hard drive.
> Loaded XP and had it set up a 60GIG partition.
> (left the rest unpartition for now.)
> Got all drivers loaded and running smoothly.
> Then boot up on Vista CD and had it
> partition the remaining 100GIG.
> Got is setup and running.
> Reboot, boot manager comes up just like it's suppose
> too. One thing though. The selections are:
> 1. Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate
> 2. An Earlier Version of Windows
> An earlier version of windows?? Can it not tell
> which one it is by looking in boot.ini ?
> Anyway I figured I'd edit the boot.ini and change this myself.
> Vista wouldn't even let me access it even though I am an
> administrator. So I reboot to XP and tried to edit boot.ini ,
> but apparently Vista no longer uses boot.ini
> I saw this in the boot.ini:
> Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
> Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
> So I now need to find some documentation on BCEDIT.
> Is BCEDIT just a text editor? Which file is it editing?
> Any resources on the net to explain all this?
> Now get this. I was confused when trying to copy files from
> one drive letter to another in XP. Booted to Vista and the
> folder was not there. ?????
> Come to find out that when Vista boots, It swaps the second
> partition's drive letter to C and XP's to D
> That can be a mind F**k if your not careful.