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Dual Boot problem in Windows XP & VISTA

Hi i have two hard drives in my computer and one is 160GB and others is 110GB,on first one i have windows xp and on second one i have windows Vista Home
now i want that whenever i start my computer it shows me the selection for boot windows,i do not want switch my hard drives everytime when i start my pc
if u guys have any solution then please tell meit will be very helpful for me
My xp boot.ini setting is below:

[boot loader]
timeout=5
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partiti...
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)WI... Windows XP Professional'' /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
C:CMDCONSBOOTSECT.DAT=''Microsoft Windows Recovery Console'' /cmdcons
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(1)partition(1)WI... windows vista'' /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

And vista boot loader entry is below:

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier {current}
device partition=C:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
locale en-US
inherit {bootloadersettings}
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot Windows
resumeobject {6d46ceb5-0313-11de-b974-a664572c7007}
nx OptIn
sos No

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Don't try to edit the xp boot.ini or the vista bootloader. It only leads to other problems and headaches.
Try this first: Take note as to which drive has vista on it, put your vista installation cd in the drive and let it boot to the "installation window", then choose "repair", then "startup repair." Make sure you choose the drive that already has vista on it. Let that run and when it re-boots you should then be given a choice to boot to vista or "other windows".
There is also a (free) program called EasyBCD. Download that, read the directions and have at it.
If none of that works, you'll have to do a clean install. Install XP on one drive first, then Vista on the second drive in that order. The Vista bootloader will pick up the XP. However, XP is NOT forward compatible and will not recognize the Vista bootloader. Make sure that you don't have any flashdrives or media cards plugged in before doing the install.
Another approach would be to shrink the Vista volume, creat a new partition, then install Linux Ubuntu that partition. Linux will detect all of the OS's and create a boot menu. Unfortunately, you'll lose about 5 gigs to the Linux OS and it's swap partition, but then, you get to goof around with Linux :-)

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