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Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

  1. #1


    Ambrogio Guest

    Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    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.


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  2. #2


    Jeff Guest

    RE: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    Ambrogio,

    I have installed Vista on my second HD and am prompted at each bootup which
    OS I want to boot to (Vista was added as an option automatically for me
    during install).

    Just a few quick questions.

    1. How many partitions on your 2nd hd?

    2. Did you start the install from inside XP of booted from the DVD?

    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.
    >


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  3. #3


    Jeff Guest

    RE: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    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.
    >


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  4. #4


    Alejo Guest

    RE: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks


    Ambrosio,
    i understand you have two bootable drives, that is awsome. you have it set
    up perfectly, the only part you made a mistake is the BOOT.ini entry. you
    cant do it in XP because XP wouldnt know what VISTA is, so that boot entry
    needs to be done in VISTA. once that entry is in VISTA then set CMOS to boot
    the VISTA drive and you are all done. VISTA will give you the option of which
    OS to boot.

    enjoy


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  5. #5


    Mike Bernstein Guest

    Re: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    You must start the install from within XP to get dual boot. Starting it by
    booting from the DVD will not work.

    Mike Bernstein

    "Ambrogio" <Ambrogio@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:0E6CCC79-FB2C-40C5-BD62-74A7B3F55BA9@microsoft.com...
    > 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.
    >




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  6. #6


    Ambrogio Guest

    RE: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    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
    Ambrogio

    "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.
    > >


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  7. #7


    Ambrogio Guest

    RE: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    Thank you Alejo.
    I see that the BOOT.INI could not work, so I deleted from it the Vista entry.
    The problem is that if I set up dual boot from Vista, using VistaBootPro
    3.1, it does not work. That is, at boot time i see both entries (Vista and
    "Legacy Windows", which is XP), but if I choose the second one it answer that
    XP is corrupted (which is not true).
    Maybe that VistaBootPro 3.1 is not smart enough in this case, and that I
    should use BCDEDIT, which is a little difficult for my skills. However I'll
    try it.

    Thank you for the collaboration.
    Ambrogio


    "Alejo" wrote:

    >
    > Ambrosio,
    > i understand you have two bootable drives, that is awsome. you have it set
    > up perfectly, the only part you made a mistake is the BOOT.ini entry. you
    > cant do it in XP because XP wouldnt know what VISTA is, so that boot entry
    > needs to be done in VISTA. once that entry is in VISTA then set CMOS to boot
    > the VISTA drive and you are all done. VISTA will give you the option of which
    > OS to boot.
    >
    > enjoy
    >


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  8. #8


    Ambrogio Guest

    Re: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    Mike,
    if you are absolutely certain about this, this close the problem.
    Thank you very much
    Ambrogio


    "Mike Bernstein" wrote:

    > You must start the install from within XP to get dual boot. Starting it by
    > booting from the DVD will not work.
    >
    > Mike Bernstein
    >
    > "Ambrogio" <Ambrogio@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:0E6CCC79-FB2C-40C5-BD62-74A7B3F55BA9@microsoft.com...
    > > 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.
    > >

    >
    >
    >


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  9. #9


    Jeff Guest

    RE: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    Ambrogio,

    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.

    Jeff

    "Ambrogio" wrote:

    > 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
    > Ambrogio
    >
    > "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.
    > > >


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  10. #10


    Alejo Guest

    Re: Dual boot XP/Vista with 2 disks

    Ambrogio,

    If you start the VISTA install from inside XP you will loose that drive as
    BOOTABLE. your XP drive that right now can boot itself will no longer be able
    after VISTA gets a hold of it. If you begin to install VISTA from inside XP
    and tell Vista to install in to your other drive; it will. Vista will also
    recognize XP and make a boot entry (in VISTA), the catch is Vista will make
    the drive IT is in BOOTABLE, and the other drive will be nothing more than
    storage. IF Vista fails you will NOT be able to boot XP just by changing the
    BOOT order in CMOS.
    Since you have TWO perfect drives, i would suggest to GOOGLE "how to make
    BOOT entry + BOOT.ini" and you will find a how to, to follow. it is not
    difficult. Unless i totally misunderstood your first thread you already have
    Vista installed and Bootable, and also XP installed and Bootable, each on a
    different hard drive. THAT is NOT dual booting. Dual booting is reffered to
    when you have more than one OS on the SAME HDD. the catch in dual booting is
    that only ONE OS makes the MBR which in turn you rely on its boot loader to
    boot BOTH systemes. (you choose one ofcourse) in your case when you make a
    boot entry in Vista for XP all that is happening is that it is telling the
    computer where to go to find the OS which is in the other drive, once it gets
    there XP boots itself NOT vista. (in other words all Vista did is store an
    address, not so in dual booting. Vista would be in charge of booting both
    OS's)

    anyway, it sounds that the error you got was simply because the boot entry
    was not in corect format. try again; remember that the disc nubering begins
    at "0" for the first drive, "1" for the second and so on.

    Good Luck!

    "Ambrogio" wrote:

    > Mike,
    > if you are absolutely certain about this, this close the problem.
    > Thank you very much
    > Ambrogio
    >
    >
    > "Mike Bernstein" wrote:
    >
    > > You must start the install from within XP to get dual boot. Starting it by
    > > booting from the DVD will not work.
    > >
    > > Mike Bernstein
    > >



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