Dual Boot Vista/XP - Vista 1st

rosti

New Member
#1
Hi there,

I have followed this guide step by step http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD/Installing+XP+After+Vista

When i reboot it goes straight into XP, after opening EasyBCD I found that the XP entry had gone:

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There is one entry in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.
Default OS: Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (recovered)

Entry #1

Name: Windows Vista (TM) Ultimate (recovered)
BCD ID: {default}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

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I have tried booting from the vista disc and repairing using this guide http://apcmag.com/how_to_dual_boot_vista_and_xp_with_vista_installed_first__the_stepbystep_guide.htm

However, when i select the installation and hit next (screen just before the repair options come up) I get the following message:

"This version of System Recovery Options is not compatible with the version of Windows you are trying to repair..."

I have tried bypassing this error by selecting the space below the windows installation and then entered the following commands in the command prompt:

"Bootrec.exe /fixMBR"

and

"Bootrec.exe /fixBoot"

When I rebooted XP still automatically starts up.

I'm now stumped as to what to do :??

If anybody has any ideas/solutions to my problem your help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers in advance!

Ross
 

rosti

New Member
#3
hey Makaveli,

I've just tried repairing the bootloader using the method you suggested.

None of the different types worked and my comp still boots straight into XP. When I tried Type3 the following message came up:

HTML:
Boot files already present. EasyBCD will not be recreating the Windows Vista BCD files.
Any ideas what I could try next?

Thanks for helping btw :smile:
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#4
Are you using the same genuine Vista DVD which was used to install Vista, to attempt the auto boot repair, or is it one of our recovery disk ISO downloads ?
If the latter, it sounds like you downloaded the wrong one. (x86 for 32 bit Vista - x64 for 64 bit)
Installing XP after Vista only requires an automatic "repair startup" (or 2 or 3 to be more accurate) and is normally without problems.
 

rosti

New Member
#5
I'm using the Vista DVD used in the initial installation.
I'll give it another go now...

Addendum:

Okay... I'm silly. I have 2 versions of Vista on different DVD's and I must have been using the wrong one to repair.

It's now working.

Cheers for your help Makaveli and Terry!
 
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Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
#6
Good News - now go and celebrate with a refreshing glass (or two).