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Hey there Guys. I recently Installed Windows Vista on my SATA drive.

Now here is my problem..

I have a 40GB HDD with XP on and the 160GB with Vista on.

How can i configure it so that at bootup i get a Menu to decide which OS to enter ?
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With the 40G as the BOOT device, loading Vista should install a Multi Boot Loader.

You could multi part the 160 per my FAQ. Then image the 40G to the first partition and load Vista to the second part.
    
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Can you only boot Vista right now, or can you only boot XP?
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Can you only boot Vista right now, or can you only boot XP?
Well When i have both XP and Vista drives enabled it will skip the XP drive and yes load Vista.
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Well When i have both XP and Vista drives enabled it will skip the XP drive and yes load Vista.
Try going:
Start > Control Panel > System > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > and Edit Startup Options Manualy.

Once there, add this line after the last line in the file:
Code:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
Just be sure to edit that to fit your partition layout.
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Thats the thing...Thats already there Unless you mean do that in Vista...I just want a menu Boot loader to ask Which one too boot from.
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Thats the thing...Thats already there Unless you mean do that in Vista...I just want a menu Boot loader to ask Which one too boot from.
Yeah. In theory, adding that line in Vista should add the XP option the the boot manager.
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AHHH Sweet Ill give that a go...You the man
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And in case that dosn't work (which it might not, Vista used a different boot manager code than XP), try folowing this guide to edit in XP.

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Bit boring, but unfortunately modifying the boot manager in Vista is not quite as easy as it has been in the past. You can still access boot information in System Properties (right-click My Computer, Properties, Advanced System Settings), then Startup and Recovery, Settings. Here you can select the default operating system to load and the selection timeout settings, but that’s it. To edit all the boot options, you have to use a new tool called BCDEDIT from the command line. And unfortunately, it’s not easy to use at all. Very comprehensive and powerful, but difficult.





BUT - running to the rescue is EasyBCD from NeoSmart. This gives you a GUI for BCDEDIT and makes life SO much easier. There’s a swag of options you can choose depending on how in-depth you want to get. For the moment, just go to “Configure Boot” and change the name of the Windows XP installation to “Windows XP” and hit “Save Settings”. Restart and you’ll see that the changes have been written to the boot manager, and life is slightly less bland that it was.





Under “Add/Remove Entries” you can move existing entries up and down the list, or add new ones, if you have an existing partition ready for the new operating system. In theory, you could use Vista to quad-boot XP, Vista, Linux and OSX. But you’d be very brave…or a tech writer.

If you decide that dualbooting really isn’t for you after all, the Vista MBR needs to go if you want to get XP operational again. Luckily, EasyBCD can help. Go to “Manage Bootloader” and select “Uninstall the Vista Bootloader” then “Write MBR”. Restart the machine and the Vista Boot Manager is gone - the system loads straight into Windows XP. And in XP, the Vista partition is now the secondary D: partition, which can be safely erased.

Full guide: http://apcmag.com/node/4054
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this is wierd, i dual booted xp/98 and the boot menu came up... try what chipp said,

and just BTW, the timer to choose the OS is 2 sec for me, so if yo want to boot into XP, you have to stand there ready to push the up arrow key.

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