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Xp will not start in dual boot with Vista


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Hi I've been running a dual boot setup with Xp and Vista for a quite while. I hardly use Vista but I tinker with it waiting until SP1 comes out. I set up XP first then added Vista. My problem is i did an update for Roboform last night and It wanted to do a reboot so I let it. I'm not sure if Roboform had anything to do with it because I leave my computer running for weeks at a time without rebooting. Upon restart I picked as usual, "start an earlier version of Windows" I got the welcome screen with a hand not an arrow and the computer froze up. Ctrl Alt Delete would not work. I waited for a while then powered down. I rebooted and at the point of picking "start an earlier version of Windows" I get a blank screen and nothing happens. I can boot into Vista that is on D drive and I can access C drive that XP is on. There is no safe mode options for "start an earlier version of Windows" only for the Vista boot. Could someone please give me some advice? Thanks BJ

Edited by bjtuck, 05 January 2008 - 05:42 PM.

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Hello bjtuck...

Sounds like the Vista BCD has lost the XP reference in boot options. You can modify the BCD using VistBootPro...this is a free "must have" application for anyone running a dual boot configuration which includes Vista. You can use it to add the XP reference as a boot option.

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Thanks wannabe1 I'll give it a try Bjtuck
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Hi again I tried VistBootPro, following site instructions and it did not help. I also tried to boot to XP disk to do a recovery it loads only so far then I get a blue screen of death Any other suggestions? Thanks Bjtuck

Edited by bjtuck, 05 January 2008 - 05:41 PM.

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