Problems with vista, xp, opensuse and easybcd

NaYoN

New Member
So, I have Vista. I installed opensuse on a different partition and vista stopped working. I discovered over the net that I can use EasyBCD or Vistabootpro to fix it. I installed XP on another partition, and opensuse stoped working. I tried to fix the Vista boot with the Vista CD, but my Vista CD isn't a full install, it's a "upgrade from XP", and it didn't work, it tried to install Vista, which got stuck at %27. Then I canceled it, and after some problems, was able to run XP. I used Vistabootpro to fix Vista's boot, then Vista started to run, but Xp stopped running. When I tried running XP, the Vista install stuck at %27 would run. I used Vistabootpro to fix XP from Vista, but it didn't solve my problem. I downloaded EasyBCD, figuring it's the solution to all my problems, but when I execute the installer in Vista (UAC turned off) the window appears and noting happens, so basically it does not work. Right now, I can't use my XP and my opensuse. Can someone please give me some advice?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Your first mistake was in using VistaBootPRO - it only works if your computer is already mistake-free and has no errors in configuration. Otherwise, it'll screw it up more.

What do you mean by "the window appears"?
 

NaYoN

New Member
Well, I opened it to take a screenshot, but now it installed fine... Now I'll try to fix my problems. Thanks for the prompt reply anyway.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
No problem. I thought it was weird!

So, what you need to do:
EasyBCD | Diagnostics | Reset BCD Data

Then add an XP entry in EasyBCD and ensure that boot.ini is properly configured.
Take a look at Windows XP - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
 

NaYoN

New Member
When I try to add my XP in Add entries, I cannot select the drive.. Is this normal?

As you can see, the drive is grayed out, and it is NOT the drive my XP is on.
 

NaYoN

New Member
Ok one more, slightly unrelated question, not on easybcd but dualbooting in general, when I try to install directx on XP, I think it detects the directx on my vista and does not install anything on my XP, thus I can not run directx requiring applications. Is there a workaround for this? Also, Thanks for the help again.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
That's not possible.

Windows XP already ships with DirectX 9.0c, so you probably just don't need it updated.
 

NaYoN

New Member
Unfortunately, I did a dxdiag and discovered my XP has version 9.0b... So do you have any idea how I might get around this?
 
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