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Hey there Guys.

Ive got Windows XP currently Installed on my 40GB IDE drive. Now i want to install Vista on my 160GB sata drive. However will Vista wish to Format my 40GB drive also ?
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Which drive has the jumpers set to master and which one slave? Vista might just format and install itself on the master drive unless you specify it otherwise.
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It *shouldn't* When I installed vista on a separate hard drive it gave me the option on what partition to install on, although this was with the rc2 version. If you happen to have the final version of vista it might not give you the option to install on a separate partition and might only give you an upgrade option.

Don't hold me liable if you lose all your stuff though so before you do this I would recommend backing up all of your crucial data(documents, music, etc.) before going ahead.

Hope this helps!
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It will ask you where to install, You select your 160gb, then it will proceed with the install, the only changes to your 40gb will be the boot file required for dual booting. Trust me I know
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Oh sweet thanks mate. Cheers Guys i will install this tommorow i should think.
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Originally Posted by http://www.vistaforums.com/forum/Topic415-9-1.aspx
Rename Entries in boot menu
Changing the description can be quite handy since by default, they show up as:
"Microsoft Windows" meaning Vista
and
"Legacy OS" meaning any other windows OS, as you can see not very descriptive.

To change a description of any of them just use the same identifier in which we used to delete them, choose the identifier cooresponding to the OS you want to change the description of.(What was printed on the screen when you first typed in "Bcdedit", use whatever the Identifier of that OS is, it may showup as {ntldr} or {legacy} or a series of #'s)

EX:
bcdedit -set {748c9ce4-6497-11da-b587-ba41a6a3f856} DESCRIPTION "Name of Vista OS!"
Changes the description of the Vista OS w/ identifier {748c9ce4-6497-11da-b587-ba41a6a3f856}
When you want to just change the description of the default vista OS from "Microsoft Windows" you dont need to use an indentifier since it will come up by default. Just type:

bcdedit -set DESCRIPTION "Windows Vista 5308"
And it will change the description from "Microsoft Windows" to "Windows Vista 5308"
To change the description of a Legacy OS type:

bcdedit -set {legacy} DESCRIPTION "Legacy (pre-VISTA) XP, 2000, 2003, WIN98x"
And it will change the description from "Legacy OS" to "Legacy(preVista)Xp,2000,2003,Win98x" or whatever you would like to put in the quotes.

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Starting XP/2000/20003/98x automatically

Now to the following problem:
You want to boot in your XP (2003, WIN98x) automatically?
MSCONFIG does not yet! Look in!
BCDEDIT does!
You can change what OS boots up by default using the command
"BCDEDIT /Default <id>
This command sets the default entry that the boot manager will use when the
time-out expires.
<id> Specifies the identifier of the boot entry to be used as the
default when the time-out expires.
Examples:
The following command sets the specified entry as the default boot manager
entry:
bcdedit /default {cbd971bf-b7b8-4885-951a-fa03044f5d71}
The following command sets the legacy Windows loader (Ntldr) as the default
entry:
bcdedit /default {legacy}
Just change the ID to the cooresponding identifier which was spit out and you used for deleteing & renaming the description like before.
Using these commands you can even change
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Change the oder in which OS are listed:
To change the order in which os's are listed on the boot screen simply use:
bcdedit /displayorder Which Sets the display order of boot menu items for example:
bcdedit.exe /displayorder {legacy} {current}
You just order the identifiers after the /displayorder in the order you want them to appear.
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Change the default OS for when time expires:
To set the default operating system which you would like to boot when the time expires on the boot loader type:
bcdedit /default {identifier}
Of course you need to change "identifier" to the correct identifier such as {current}(Currently used OS) or {ntldr}(Usually Legacy OS) or {bunch of #'s}(Could be vista or a legacy OS) as explained above.
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Change the amount of time before the default OS is booted:
This command set the amount of time to wait in seconds before boot manager selects a default entry.
Type: bcdedit /timeout <timeInSeconds>
<timeInSeconds> specifys the amount of time in seconds it will wait for you to manually chose an OS or boot the default. Very Simple.
If you ever encounter any problems using any of the above statments, you can always just typ bcdedit /? for a list of all of bcdedits commands. You can also type bcdedit /? /displayorder to get help commands on a specific command (just replace /displayorder with whatever it is you want help on)
there you go
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Oh kool cheers.
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