How are you making out?
I see Mike suggested installing Vista from inside XP - did that work for you?
Have you tried formatting your second HD to remove all data before
installing to it?
I have just installed VistaBootPro but have not had a chance to use it. As
for BCDEDIT I couldn't get it working in my install.
> Thank you Jeff.
> 1. I installed Vista booting by the DVD
> 2. I do not have other partitions on the second HD... I deleted the existing
> partitions when I started Vista fron the DVD, using its utility which manages
> disk partitions.
> Since the second disk is not a brand new disk, maybe there be some hidden
> boot sector on it, something that Vista couldn't detect. If this is the case,
> is it there some means to "repair" it? I thought that VistaBootPro 3.1 could
> be useful, but it did not worked. Do you think that BCDEDIT (the command line
> Vista utility) could do the job?
> Thank you for your collaboration
> "Jeff" wrote:
> > Ambrogio,
> > I have done like you are trying to do. XP SP@ is on my first HD and my
> > second HD has Vista. No problems for me. An option screen for which OS to
> > boot to was generated by Vista during install and is presented at startup
> > each time.
> > A few quick questions:
> > 1. Did you install from inside XP or boot from the DVD?
> > 2. Any other partitions on your second HD?
> > Jeff
> > "Ambrogio" wrote:
> > > Hallo,
> > > I too have a dual boot problem, which seems different from those reported in
> > > the newsgroup.
> > > To be clear I will try to report all data in a schematic way.
> > > 1. The Pc: P4 2GB RAM with 2 HD: 1st HD SATA 160 GB, with Windows XP SP2;
> > > 2nd HD
> > > 1. Plain PATA 80 GB.
> > > 2. I downloaded Windows Vista RC1, made the DVD and started installation;
> > > when Vista installer asked to choose the target disk, I deleted the existing
> > > partition on the 2nd disk, created a new primary partition on it, and let
> > > the installer to continue its work.
> > > 3. Vista installation on disk 2 was completed without problems, and the OS
> > > started running normally.
> > > 4. Problems arose rebooting. The only way to switch between Vista and XP
> > > resulted to be at BIOS level.
> > > 5. When I set the BIOS to start from disk 1, Win XP starts normally, sees
> > > the boot disk as C and sees the other disk (the Vista one) as disk D. I can
> > > also see and open the D files. I tried to modify the boot.ini file adding an
> > > entry for Vista, but it did not work. At boot time both entries are
> > > displayed, but if I choose Vista the screen becomes black and nothing happens.
> > > 6. When I set the BIOS to start from disk 2, Win Vista starts normally, sees
> > > the boot disk as C and sees the other disk (the XP one) as disk D. I can also
> > > see and open the D files. I tried to configure the Vista tool for modifying
> > > the boot adding an entry for XP, but it did not work (I used VistaBootPro 3.1
> > > utility and also the command line tool). At boot time both entries are
> > > displayed, but if I choose XP the system answers that the XP is corrupted
> > > (which is not true, since everything works fine if I start XP through the
> > > BIOS).
> > > 7. Many hints in the newsgroups suggest to create a second partition for
> > > Vista on the first disk. I think this not very practical in many cases. Today
> > > an hard disk costs much less that the time necessary to: a) defrag the disk;
> > > b) backup everything; c) get Partition Magic or something like it; d) create
> > > a second partition; e) reinstall Vista from scratch; f) seek some use for the
> > > second disk.
> > > 8. I think that the BIOS switch is absolutely unpractical if one really
> > > wants to test and study the new OS without risk for the everyday work.
> > > 9. I suspect that could there be some trick to get dual boot with two disks,
> > > but I do not know well all the boot stuff (I am a C++ developer, not a system
> > > specialist)
> > >
> > > Thank you very much for comments, suggestions, hints.
> > >
> > > Ambrogio.
> > >