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Dual boot XP/VISTA Partitioning problem

My laptop came with Vista preinstalled. I have no Vista CD, except for a recovery CD.

I wanted to install a dual-boot to use Windows XP as well.

My partitions were C: with Vista installed on it, D: with random data on it and E: being my CD/DVD reader. I created a new partition labelled F: using the integrated partition manager within Vista.

I then booted my computer with a Windows XP installation CD. I ran the installation normally (select a partition, then the installation program formats F - or so I thought). At that point, the installation program is supposed to reboot the computer and continue installation.

That's where it get complicated

No Vista boot, no XP installation program.

And my CD reader does not seem to work anymore. I cant boot from a CD...


I believe there was a messup with the partition labels...

What should I do !?!?!?

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Well,, you are right, it is now very complicated.

In reply to: Dual boot XP/VISTA Partitioning problem

First of all one cannot install XP after Vista for a dual boot setup because with any dual boot the operating systems have to be installed progressively, I.E. 98,ME,XP,VISTA in that order. You will need to enter the BIOS and set the optical drive as first boot. Hopefully you can still use the Vista recover CD to boot with and do a repair install of vista but at this point you may have to reformat and start all over again. Someone else may have a better option.

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no problem !

In reply to: Well,, you are right, it is now very complicated.

alright ! how do i access the bios ?

how do i format ?

thanks again !

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if you can use your XP CD... try

In reply to: no problem !

if you can start the XP install again the same way you did

boot to your XP install cd then when asked select R for recovery. When you get to the prompt type "Bootcfg /default" without quotes

"/default sets the operating system to the boot menu. In other words, it will scan your system and automatically set the one entry it defines as your default boot. If it finds a couple, it will pop up and give you a choice of which one you want to make the default, if you have more than one operating system."

This may work for you

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In reply to: if you can use your XP CD... try

i cant seem to boot from any CD

nor can i access the bios...


thanks !

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I actually found a way to enter BIOS:

Now I have this

AMIBIOS (copyright) American Megatrends, INC.
BIOS Date: 01/12/07 Ver: G1AS.208
CPU: Intel (R) Core (TM) 2 CPU T7200 @ 2.00 GHz

Press F2 to run setup
Press ESC to for BBS POPUP
The MCH is operating with DDR2 667/CL5 in Dual-Channel Interleaved Mode
Initializing USB Controllers.. Done.
2048 MB OK

Auto-Detecting Pri Maser..IDE Hard Disk
Auto-Detecting Sec Master..ATAPI CDROM
Pri Master: Hitachi HTS541616J9SA00 SB40C70P
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T Capable and Status OK

I have pressed F2, yet nothing happens.

Any help !?!
Thanks very much !!

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are you pressing it soon enough

In reply to: woot

Try hitting repeatedly the F2 key as soon as you turn on the computer that way you know you hit it soon enough.

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In reply to: are you pressing it soon enough

I did what you think. But I only get the same screen I described !

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