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Dual boot XP and Vista


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I've installed XP on my C: drive and Vista on my D: drive, and the only way I can access either is to change the disk drive priority in BIOS. Is it possible to have this configuration and have the dual boot option at start up to enable either to be started up, or do I need to install both OS's on the same drive on different partitions.
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Set Vista to be active, then download EasyBCD. It will modify the BCD of Vista and allow you to add an entry for XP, allowing dual boot.
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I've done this, but now I get an 'ntldr' error message when I select the new XP option in the boot menu. Briefly, it states 'Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause' It's followed by 'File: NTLDR; status 0xc000000f; info: the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt'. It then goes on to advise using the XP install disk to get to the 'repair' option. If I do as suggested, any idea what I would need to to next, would it be to selecte the 'bootcfg /rebuild' option.
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Boot into Vista, make sure that there is a boot.ini, NTLDR, and NTDETECT files in the root directory of your XP installation (C:, i guess).
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Thanks, I'll try it and see what happens.
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