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Thread: Trying to Install Xp on Vista Machine - F6 SATA Issues!

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    Just a quick point::

    In any windows multiboot system and especially one involving Vista or Windows 7
    you must always install the Oldest Operating System first, then the newest one.

    So you should start with a clean drive, that has no boot record or os on it.
    Install and get XP up and running the way it should. Then install Windows 7 or Vista
    and let it create the boot menu. Boot records are not the same in Vista / Windows 7
    as they were in XP

    Also try these steps to see if the dual boot can be fixed:

    At this stage you can now boot into Windows Vista, but no longer boot into Windows XP.

    2. To enable the Windows Vista boot manager to boot Windows XP you need to type in the following 4 commands. If you can access your Windows Vista disk from Windows XP then open a command prompt window and navigate to the Windows Vista SYSTEM32 folder.

    If Windows Vista is on the C: drive:

    Type C: then press <Enter>
    Type CD \windows\system32 then press <Enter>

    Type each of the following four lines then press <Enter>

    bcdedit /create {ntldr} –d “Previous versions of Windows”

    C: is the drive letter of the boot partition, this is normally C:

    bcdedit /set {ntldr} path \ntldr

    bcdedit /displayorder {ntldr} –addlast
    3. If you cannot access the Windows Vista bcdedit file then re-boot into Windows Vista and run 2, above.

    You now have a working Vista / XP dual boot system.

    And also see this link:
    Last edited by bruceb; 12-30-2009 at 09:27 AM.

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