Question about Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium with Service Pack 1: Windows
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:
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
description Microsoft Windows Vista
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 :-)
Posted on Feb 25, 2009
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In Windows Xp, you can install two operating systems on the same hard disk of one computer.
Whether you have two copies of Windows Xp, or two different operating systems, then you end up with dual boot machine when you restart your Windows Xp computer.
Dual boot means, the system will give you a choice of two operating system. For example, if you have two Windows Xp copies A ans B, the prompt will offer you to choose A or B to boot from.
Also, dual boot machine can be used to have Windows Xp, and Linux O.S. installed on the same computer.
In the case where you have two windows Xp copies on the same hard disk, you will experience a slow performance in your system.
If you need to delete one Windows Xp copies, and leave only one, here is how you do it:
When you restart your system, and you get a choice of two operating systems, you should choose the one you want to keep installed on your machine.
Once the startup process is done, and your computer is ready to accept tasks to perform certain functions, you click on the "My Computer" icon and locate the hard disks, removable storage devices, and more.
In the hard disk box you should see two drive icons, like "C", "D". If the copy you installed later need to be cancelled, it must reside on the "D" part of the hard disk.
This is because the "C" is where you initial copy of the Windows Xp resides, and it is the one you want to keep installed as the only copy on your computer.
The way you should get rid of the "D" copy is to format the "D" part of the hard disk. just right click it, and choose format. This will delete the Windows Xp copy you don't need.
In summary, you can have two operating systems installed on your windows Xp machine, which will offer a choice of loading one of two operating systems.
The good thing is that you can cancel one, and leave the other, and your computer keeps running.
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