Vis bootloader won't install

madmalkav

Member
I'm trying to make adual boot for Windows XP and OSX. I have copied the \windows\boot folder from a Vista machine to the XP partition, configured EasyBCD, used the option to write Vista bootloader on the MBR, but no matter what I do, the bootloader will simply not install -or install and don't show the boot options, I'm not sure-.

Any idea will be welcome.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
If you only have one entry in the bootloader it won't show anything at startup.

How many entries do you have?
 

madmalkav

Member
Windows Boot Manager
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identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {68742e9c-3e2f-11dd-a2a7-001a738c5d9c}
displayorder {68742e9c-3e2f-11dd-a2a7-001a738c5d9c}
{68742e9d-3e2f-11dd-a2a7-001a738c5d9c}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 10

Real-mode Boot Sector
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identifier {68742e9c-3e2f-11dd-a2a7-001a738c5d9c}
device partition=C:
path \NTLDR
description Microsoft Windows

Real-mode Boot Sector
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identifier {68742e9d-3e2f-11dd-a2a7-001a738c5d9c}
device partition=C:
path \NST\nst_mac.mbr
description OSX
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
OK, everything is perfect on EasyBCD's end.

How many physical hard drives do you have attached to the system?
 

JustinW

Super Moderator
Staff member
Perhaps it's a problem with OS X's boot settings or Darwin. Did you install OS X before XP or XP before OS X?

If you installed XP last, consider re-installing with XP installed first and then OS X. If you don't care which bootloader you are using, the installer for OS X should automatically pick up on XP's installation and add an option to Darwin entitled "Other" to boot it.

If you perfer to use bootmgr instead, reinstall ntldr to the mbr to boot XP and repeat the previous steps to see if you get different results.
 

madmalkav

Member
Installed OSX after XP, deleted the darwin bootloader because I wanted to use EasyBCD.

No, no CD in drive, it just seems that the Vista bootloader isn't being installed on MBR. Is there any debug option I can use to log the try to write Vista bootloader on MBR and see if anything is going wrong?
 

madmalkav

Member
Already tried the automated boot repair on this DVD with no success -won't detect the Vista install, I suppose it is normal because there is no Vista install-. Will try the manual one as soon as I can.
 
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