Dual boot, Vista & XP Pro

Discussion in 'Installation & Compatibility' started by docusk, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. docusk


    Jun 25, 2009
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    I have installed XP Pro on a separate HD (SATA) and Vista is on the main HD (Also SATA).

    I've used Steve Sinchak's instruction sheet and reached the stage of entering the four

    'bcedit' commands in the Command prompt window. I have input all these in correct syntax, including appropriate spaces and forward slashes but it says

    specified identifier is not valid

    The parameter is incorrect.

    On the cmd prompt the location is c:\users\geoff but I have tried it in the C: prompt only and it still doesn't work. Maybe windows\system could do the trick.

    I need XP as some of my hardware won't work properly with Vista Home Premium.

    Can any suggest either, what have I done wrong or what do I need to do?

    docusk, Jun 25, 2009
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  2. docusk

    Guest Guest

    Presumably you installed XP after Vista and now have the XP boot manager.
    The Vista install DVD should be able to reinstall a Vista dual boot capable
    boot manager.
    "Should." There are many things Vista should do but alas does not.
    If the Vista DVD automated routines cannot repair the boot manager it is
    unlikely you will be able to do so manually unless you have specific
    expertise in that area.
    All is not lost.
    Under similar circumstances, when the Vista automated repair routines failed
    (it is Vista after all) I have found that the automated routines for Windows
    7 repaired the boot managers on machines that had Vista and XP but never had
    Win 7 installed.
    All it will cost you is a download of the Win7 RC and the cost of a blank
    If you have a spare partition install the Win7 RC. It will configure a
    triple boot system (it has done so for me on several machines with a mix of
    XP and Vista 32 and 64 bit oses.)
    Once you use Win7 you may never boot to Vista again.
    Guest, Jun 25, 2009
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  3. docusk

    Guest Guest

    119;indow. I have input all these in correct syntax, including appropriate spaces and forward slashes but it says

    Explain the problem more clearly by copying the contents of the
    command prompt window into your message.
    First run bcdedit to show the current contents of the BCD.
    Then run the bcdedit command that fails.
    Guest, Jul 29, 2009
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