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so i have xp installed on one hard drive, and vista installed on the other. however, with both drives plugged in it just goes straight to vista.. ive downloaded vistabootpro and created another os and pointed it at my XP drive, so when i boot it gives me the vista/xp options for me to choose from, but when i select XP my system restarts... ive posted on the vistabootpro but eveyone seems to get pointed to this thread http://www.pro-networks.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=92429
ive read it but it doesn't seem to make sense... i can get through step 4, but then it talks about finding the boot.ini/ntldr/NTDETECT and i cant find them on either my vista or my xp drive... anyone got any suggestions??? ty in advance. and +rep for anyone who helps
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wierd, i have two harddrivers, installed xp 32 first then installed vista 64 onto the other hard drive. It gives me an option when bootin which OS to boot to. I used vistabootpro to change the name of older windows to xp and make it the default.
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are both hard drivers enabled in bios?
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Why don't you try and download a boot loader? I've use Acronis's , and its awesome. It has a nice GUI and its user friendly
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OK i got it to the point where selecting xp no longer reboots the computer, now it just says that the file NTOSKRNL file is missing or corrupt and to fix it...
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so i have xp installed on one hard drive, and vista installed on the other.
You can't do that, At least there's no easy way. Windows boots off the first drive it finds, that's what the BIOS does. That drive, the first one, has a boot loader on it. The boot loader loads the OS that is on that drive. If you had both drives in when you loaded XP and then loaded Vista (even if you put Vista on a separate partition), XP would have installed it's boot loader, and then Vista would have installed it's boot loader. Note that the Vista boot loader, if the is another OS installed, gives the option of booting Vista or a previously installed OS. The "previously installed" option calls the XP (or Win2k, Win98, etc.) boot loader.

So, to get access to both OSs you have to change the boot drive in the Bios everytime you want to change to the other OS. Be aware that all MS OSs label tne Boot dtive as the "C" drive. So the drive letter of the "other" OS drive will change every time you change OSs. That causes all the programs installed under the "other" os to be on the wrong drive. A program installed in XP will, for example, have it's DLL files on the C drive when you Boot XP, but those files will be on the D drive when you boot Vista. And vice versa. The solution is to install everything twice, once under each OS.

There is another option. Unplug the drive with the "other" os on it when it's not in use.

As you can see, you're pretty much screwed. Why don't you just give the drive with Vista on it back to whomever gave it to you (I hope you didn't pay for it), and just buy a copy of Vista. Don't forget that you have to install XP before Vista.

There is a klunge for hacking in the Vista boot loader, but that is not for the faint-of-heart.
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