Dual boot, 2 HDDs, XP and Vista.

#1
Hi all. Let me start by saying I'm a complete dual boot novice so feel free to explain stuff from first principles.

Basically, I have recently tried to move an old xp 32-bit, IDE hard drive to my much newer pc (which has always previously used vista 64-bit on SATA) and create a dual boot set up. I've managed to install the old HDD and repair the XP set up such that XP is now working, bootable, activated and groovy. I can also still boot to vista and so, by some definition I guess, I have a dual boot system.

HOWEVER, I can only switch which drive I boot to by switching the boot priority in the BIOS. Ideally I want a bootloader with Vista as the default so I can choose to boot to XP easily each time I turn my PC on. Pursuing this, I turned to EasyBCD and added an XP entry with the drive letter of the XP HDD and rebooted - I did get the bootloader menu I want, but now selecting XP just gives me a missing NTLDR error.

So, yeah, that's my issue, any advice would be great and rest assured that no suggestion is too simple.
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#2
Hi Dovetailed, welcome to NST.
EasyBCD 1.7 needs you to do some copying files and editing to achieve a working dual-boot.
Fortunately for you EasyBCD 2.0 latest build will do it all for you automatically.
Delete the XP entry, add it again and accept the offer to auto-configure.