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Dual Boot XP Vista 2 Different HDDS Vista First

by str8rippinpro / December 13, 2008 1:05 PM PST

Hello, im a bit of a noob,
i installed vista then i got viruses and it wood not boot.
so i installed xp on 2nd hdd and removed the viruses from the 1st hdd.
i thought there would be a menu to pick which OS to use but i cannot see one.
now i cannot get back into vista on my first hdd
do i have to edit boot.ini or edit something else.
please help

also one of the hdds is sata 1 and other is ide 1

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Dual booting
by bad_with_internets / December 13, 2008 11:39 PM PST

Yes, you will need to edit the boot.ini to add another line under the [Operating systems] section so you can boot to Vista and no, it doesn't matter that they are different drive types but you can always check your BIOS and choose which drive the system looks first (SATA or IDE) then edit the boot.ini for that OS.
This KB article from Microsoft will assist in walking through the process. You'll just need to make the necessary adjustments for your specific system.

Second, Have you even tried booting from the Vista drive since you cleaned the virus to see if Vista still works? If it does and you don't need the XP drive anymore you can always remove it from the PC and just leave the Vista drive to boot from.

Good luck!

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The previous reply by by bad_with_internets will not help ..
by Edward ODaniel / December 14, 2008 1:31 AM PST

as Vista does no use the boot.ini.

Here is a link directly to the steps you need to take to edit the BCD in order to allow Vista to boot and offer an option for booting XP. I linked you to page 4 because you have indicated that both Vista and XP are already installed and that Vista was the initial installation.

How to dual boot Vista and XP (with Vista installed first) -- the step-by-step guide with screenshots

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Thanks Ed, your pro
by str8rippinpro / December 14, 2008 4:33 PM PST

I Do Not have the original vista disk/cd key will i need it?
i cant get the disc for another week any other alternates?

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If you do not have the Vista Installation Disk all is ...
by Edward ODaniel / December 15, 2008 1:36 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks Ed, your pro

not lost.

You can follow this link to read about and then download the Vista Recovery Disk (when booted it will have an option to Install but DO NOT USE IT! as it is not an installation disk)-

This is the link to READ!

This is the actual link to the bootable ISO file for creating the disk -

REMEMBER, after booting the Vista Recovery Cd you ONLY want to make use of the Repair your Computer option which gets you to the System Recovery options you will need.

You shouldn't need the installation key (you should have a CoA sticker with the key but you can also download a handy utility camed Produkey which will give you Product Key and Product ID numbers for Windows and Office versions.

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