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How to get The Boot Manager back


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Well i reinstalled XP and my Vista is still intact but the Boot manager doesn't load so i cant boot into it. So any help on how to get it back is appreciated.
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Hi Drumbum667...

Windows XP uses the boot.ini file to boot the operating system...Vista uses a bootloader. Very different approaches to the boot instructions. Right now you are using XP's boot.ini and this will have to be replaced with Vista's bootloader...this is usually done during the installation.

Try this Repair to Vista and see if the "boot manager" returns.

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I'll try that laTer. Well i did it and the Boot Selector is there but only with Windows Vista so I do get WinXP in there.

Edited by Drumbum667, 19 October 2006 - 02:32 PM.

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Download Vista BootPRO Beta, install it and run it. Be sure to save a copy of the BCD before you do any editing. Also set a System Restore point.

Vista BootPRO should allow you to edit the BCD and add the XP installation.
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I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM.

Edited by Drumbum667, 19 October 2006 - 05:17 PM.

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When you run the program the first tim, it will prompt you to back it up, just click the "Save" button and then selet a location to save it to...the desktop would be good.
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No can u explain to me how to add Windows XP using it.
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Click on "Manage OS Entries" at the top.

What do you see in the OS list: window?
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All I see is Windows Vista.
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I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO USE THIS PROGRAM

Most don't...it's a beta and it's brand new. The only other way to do this is with command prompt and that is quite complicated. I'm learning this app as we go, so you are my eyes as we do this.

Tick the box next to "Add new operating system entry" and then tick the button next to "Windows Legacy".

In the text box, type WINDOWS XP Home Edition (or Windows XP Professional if that's what you have installed).

Select the drive letter the XP installation is on.

Set the boot delay to at least 5 seconds.

Click "Apply".

Click on "Manage OS Entries" again. Is the XP installation now listed?

Edited by wannabe1, 19 October 2006 - 05:50 PM.

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Ya lemme reboot and see if it works.
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WANNABEE UR A GENIUS. THANK YOU A LOT.
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I'm sure glad that worked.... :blink:

Glad to help, Drumbum667. :whistling:
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Wannabee i have to say ur one of the most knowledgable people in my opinion on the G2G staff. As are most of u guys. Keep up the good work.
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