"I.P. Nichols" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> "CHOUT" wrote:
>> I installed Vista yesterday on a seperate 160GB SATA drive only to
>> it decided to try and install on my existing XP drive which is lacking
>> total space needed to install. So after all the confusion Vista finally
>> placed itself onto the correct 160GB SATA and not my 200GB SATA which
>> my XP Pro. So at first I had the option to dual boot but I reinstalled a
>> fresh install of XP Pro back onto the 200GB as more space was being used
>> hidden Vista install files when it tried to install initially over my old
>> Well the XP install went well but now I directly boot into XP without
>> getting an option to choose Vista or XP. Any reasons or clues why this
>> Cheers for the help all!!
> I know why it happens but not how to gracefully correct the problem. I
> have a similar two harddisk setup with XP on disk 0 and Vista installed in
> a 15GB partition on disk 1. Sometime ago I used Partition Magic to move
> the then existing two partitions toward the back on the second disk and
> install the third 15GB partition as the first partition which made it the
> primary. Then over a few months I installed Vista builds on the second
> disk without any problems.
> When installing Vista as a dual boot from XP it is the Vista installer
> that sets up the dual boot manager which I understand is specific to
> Anyhow about a week after I installed beta2 my XP system went bonkers and
> became unreliable which caused me to "repair" XP using it's install DVD
> and when doing so I got a warning message that a dual boot was detected
> and most likely would become inoperative. The repair over-wrote the dual
> boot manager just as it had warned it would do.
> I tried to find a way to rebuild or reinstall the Vista dual boot manager
> but without success and after fooling around for way too long a time I
> decided to reinstall Vista so I reformatted the Vista partition and had
> done with it.
> It would be nice to have a fix that is more elegant that a complete
> reinstall of Vista...
Haven't had to try it on Vista Beta 2 (yet), but would imagine that there
will be a Console Repair facility as on XP Pro somewhere in the Vista Beta
Set Up. Until installing Vista Beta 2, I had a three-way boot to Win98SE,
Win2000 or Win XP Pro and have lost count of the times I have had to
re-install Win98SE and use the Console Repair facility to reconstruct the
Boot Manager and avoid re-installing XP. Currently have a four-way boot
configuration, which is running just as it should but no doubt it won't be
long before I have to find out the hard way hw to reconstruct the Boot
Manager with Vista.