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Dual-Booting Vista with XP for gaming

Q: Dual-Booting Vista with XP for gaming

Is it a viable option to partition off 20 GB of my current partition to install Vista, so that I can boot it to play games that support DX10?

I know it's possible, but are there any complications? Will I be able to just run the DX10 games off the already-existing XP partition? Do I need to install drivers while in Vista, and will that interfere with XP?

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Also I have lost all access to my BIOS. Does anybody know how to get that back?
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I want to remove Vista from my dual-boot because i dont like vista now.

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If you're dual-booting from XP then just put the CD in the drive and remove the Vista partition...
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Thanks in advance for your help!

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I recently purchased a new machine on which I'm running Vista. I salvaged the hard drive from my old machine and I'm using it as an external hard drive. The XP operating system is also still installed on the old hard drive. It's connected as local disk (K). There are a number of programs on the K drive that I'd like to have access to. Of course when I go to start/all programs on the "new" computer (C drive) it's only showing me the programs that are installed on the C drive. How can I get the programs from the K drive to appear in the list? Do I have to move them individually to the C drive? Can I get them to appear selectively?

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I no longer want vista, and just want windows 7.

How would I go about deleting vista all together, and just have windows 7?

If I make the windows 7 partition active, it won't boot.


A:Dual booting vista and windows 7, want to remove vista all together

The quick and easy would be wiping the Vista primary entirely as well as the reformat of the 7 primary for use as a second storage partition or simply delete that entirely to see one main primary for a clean install of 7 there. The other option is nuking the Vista primary only and leaving an empty partition in front of the inplace repair install option outlined in the tutorial on that. Repair Install
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thank you

A:Dual booting Vista and XP

The freeware "VistaBootPro" has an MBR repair option, I think.

It's better to install Vista after XP. It's boot manager will manage XP just fine, but I don't think the reverse is true.
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Well hopefully when my machine gets up and running after solving the problem in THIS thread, I am going to put both on there.

My question is which should I install first and why?

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A:Dual booting XP and Vista

You always install the odest first. The older one obviously can't detect something that didn't exist when it was made.

It will then create a dual-boot menu.
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A:Dual booting with Vista/XP

Do you have any Linux partitions on your hard disk? If not, the simplest way may be to overwrite GRUB with Vista's MBR.
Boot from the Vista DVD, then pick repair, and pick startup repair.


Originally Posted by Kj?len

After bypassing grub, I get to my Vista bootloader, which has Vista and XP as options. Vista works fine, but the XP option goes to the XP bootloader, which is decidedly broken.

What do you see after you pick XP from the Vista boot menu? Do you get another menu? Have you tried pressing F8 to get into safe mode?


Originally Posted by Kj?len

Some random missing file, which I know the recovery option in the XP CD will not work (Oh, okay, you copied over file1 that was missing, now I need file2 and probably file 3 and 4, but I won't tell you until you copy each one at a time).

I kind of got lost there. If I may ask, how was XP installed, how was Vista installed (order matters), and what's the setup of the drives/partitions?
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Right now the only way I can choose which to boot is to hit F12 during boot to enter boot setup and select which drive I want to boot.

Also if I boot XP the root is I: Is there a way for both drives to have the C: root depending on which one is booted?

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Basically, I know that in XP I would simply fire up the boot file and edit it, but Vista and 7 use entirely different files correct? What is the proper way to configure dual booting using Vista and 7? I really have no clue where to start.

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A:Dual Booting (XP and Vista)

Yes, you'll get a coutdown screen that lets you choose which OS to boot. If no choice is made the default OS (whichever is first choice) will begin loading when the time runs out.

As you begin installing, Vista will see you have XP Media Edition already installed and prompt you for what to do next and that's when you point it to the seperate partition.

I think a bootable partition has to be a primary so double checking that beforehand might save you some time if you aren't sure.
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A:Dual-booting Vista and XP

First, u have to divide (partition) ur drive into at least 2 in order to multiboot. then u have to know that u can't downgrade to xp from a higher version and if the ram is 512, i think it will lagg hard, i mean a like a whole bunch
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A:Dual booting Vista and XP

give vistabootpro a try and see if it sees both.
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A:Dual Vista Booting

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A:Dual Booting with XP And Vista

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A:Dual Booting vista

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A:Dual Booting XP with vista.

To access the Vista hard drive, try turning on the pc and tapping ESC, then when the boot menu comes up, select the Vista drive. I hope this helps.
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A:Dual booting with vista

Welcome to the forum,

I'm going to suggest having a look at this tutorial, Dual Boot Installation with Windows Vista and XP

Scroll down to method two, and take note of the "note" at the top, you may need to load some drivers first.

If this doesn't solve it, post back and we'll take it from there.
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A:Dual booting XP with Vista

Other drive will remain the same. Vista bootloader takes over XP's but that's no biggie.
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A:Dual Booting Vista And Ms-dos?

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A:Uninstalling Vista/Dual-Booting XP

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A:Dual booting w/Vista and need to remove XP

40GB Hard drive in a laptop seems a bit old these days. But anyway, since you mentioned that the laptop is dual boot with XP and Windows Vista. That means that the hard drive is partitioned and you cannot simply just uninstall XP.

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A:dual booting vista with XP on different partition

Yes it will destroy the files.
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Insert your vista dvd into the drive; cancel window that may autorun. Type this in
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In this command drive is the drive where the Vista install DVD is located.Click to expand...

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A:Dual booting - vista bootloader

Search and download EasyBCD, which is a simple and free tool to edit the MBR.

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A:Changing Dual Booting from XP/Vista to XP/7

Quote: Originally Posted by abrucewebb

I currently have XP Pro as my primary OS on drive C: and Vista Business as a dual boot on a separate hard drive, drive D:.

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Thanks for any help you can give me.

Hi,can you post a screen shot using the snipping tool of your disc management?

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Then we can go from there.
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A:Dual-booting Vista and XP issue

Hello Anonymity

I don`t think there is anything you can do to the present setup to fix this.

The problem is that XP has no Sata drivers included. Hence you have to disable Sata in the BIOS to make XP work.

The way round it would be to slipstream Sata drivers into your XP installation CD and then reinstall XP

This article will show you how to do it.

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A:Problems booting into Vista with dual OS

have you tried using a vista dvd and try a start up repair?
I dont know what will happen works when a dual boot is installed with xp being last on...i dont know what will happen with this triple boot.
Its worth a shot...i seen it do miracles before.
I used it to fix a drive whos recovery partition was C and the os was D
This showed with disk management as well
I finally booted a g parted disk and marked the vista install with the boot flag....did a start up repair with the vista dvd and all was well.

Also you can move a partition with g parted...copy and paste etc.
if you can free up some space on your disk you can copy the paste last install of xp and put it before vista..then delete the one you copied from
you would then have xp,xp vista...the windows bootloader will handle everything fine as vista will be the last on.
This is the method I would use as all the drive letters should remain happy,
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A much more detailed guide.
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There is a sneaky, but very experimental way of doing this sort of thing, and I do it with some programs on on of my machines, just for the hell of it.

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Hello Danny,
I believe you have to edit the Vista boot loader. Your situation is described here:
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Looks good. Make sure to defrag your Vista partition first before repartitioning. Then when you install Ubuntu, make sure you install it to the correct empty partition. Ubuntu will put in the GRUB bootloader so that when you start up your computer you will be given a choice between Vista and Ubuntu. Welcome to Ubuntu! You'll love it! Install Beryl! I'm starting to sour on Vista Home Premium.
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Where did you download Windows XP from. You won't get any help on this forum using

pirated software. It is against forum rules. Please see the rules.
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Check this link out

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hi and welcome to TSF read this it should help
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Still with me? Good.

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XP - Primary partition of the 2nd disk.

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Give this article a look see:

Dual-Booting Win XP and Vista – PC Magazine,1895,2109434,00.asp
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Take a look at EasyBCD:

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when you restart, are u getting the boot options vista and windows 7?
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A:[SOLVED] Dual booting XP/Vista 64bit

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Does this fix it and/or explain?

A temporary profile is loaded after you log on to a Windows Vista-based system
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A:Dual Booting windows 7 as my primary os with vista as my secondary

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Welcome to TSG!

What does the Device Manager show when booted to XP?
Did you download and install the Chipset driver for XP?
From this thread:
TheOutcaste said:

The chipset driver contains the Ethernet driver:
Select Notebook | Aspire | 5520
Select Either Windows XP choice under Operating System
Download the Chipset zip, extract, then run setup.exe


JerryClick to expand...

Choose the 7520g of course
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phaze112 said:

So I'm using my a8n-sli premium motherboard and have been just using 1 sata hard drive using Windows XP for about a year. I bought a second sata hard drive last week and installed Vista on it.

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I can boot off the Vista one fine if I set it in the bios boot order to come up before the XP hard drive, so the drive and the OS are fine.

Thanks all, I have done alot of research and have no been able to figure this out.Click to expand...

The problem is that you have windows xp and vista on a two different hard drives and your BIOS only recognize one bootable hard drive at a time, which is the one you set as your primary hard drive. if you want both OS to be bootable, you need to have vista install on your primary hard drive.
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How full license's do you have?
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BugCheck 3B, {c000001d, fffff80002c8e31d, fffff880082eb130, 0}
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Followup: MachineOwner

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..Missing image name, possible paged-out or corrupt data.
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* *
* Bugcheck Analysis *
* *
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