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Dual Booting problem with XP/Vista


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cheathawk1

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I have installed Vista on a new partition, so I can dual boot with Vista and Windows XP. However The dual boot screen automatically highlights Vista, and gives me the 30 second timer. Well most of the time I turn on my computer and walk away for a min or so and forget to select XP, the timer runs out and I have to restart the computer and select XP. Is there a way to make my XP partition the default OS? So it highlights that option automatically?

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I just wrote a tutorial for it here. Just make sure you are in Vista when you try it.
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Thanks, this was really helpfull!

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No problem. :whistling:
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You could also edit the boot.sys file (hidden/system) on the root drive, however I much prefer Pi's method as it's much safer.
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another very good alternative is vistaboot pro

http://www.pro-netwo...otpro/intro.php

this has the advantage of backing up and restoring vista boot loader information, as well as some easy configuration tools
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Well, first time I've been here for awhile, and within a min or 2 I've found an answer to an issue often forcing me to sit and wait for the bootup.. Thanks Pi, Admin. :whistling:
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No problem. :blink: Make sure to look at gerryf's link, it's very useful. :whistling:
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Nice, I saw this thread here the other day and remembered to keep it in mind, and I just now did it. Thanks.
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