non-typical dual boot help please


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Guest

hello all, I'm looking for some help here with dual boot.

My problem is that it is not the typical dual boot where 2 OS's are
installed on 1 disk.
I have done that with no problem.

what I have currently is Vista and XP installed each on a separate HDD.
The problem is that Vista boot takes over and does not give me the normal
boot options screen to select which OS to boot into (like you would get if
both are installed on a single disk with multiple partitions). when on a
single disk I get boot screen of: Earlier version of Windows
Windows Vista
immediately after POST.

with using 2 HDD's, 1 Vista, 1 XP, I do not get this boot option.
Vista takes over and boots.

the only way I can boot to XP is to select the F8 boot option screen manually
then choose the channel which has my XP HDD, or to unplug my Vista drive
SATA cable.

anyone got any Ideas on how to solve this and get the POST boot option
screen without selecting it manually?

thanx
 
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smlunatick

hello all, I'm looking for some help here with dual boot.

My problem is that it is not the typical dual boot where 2 OS's are
installed on 1 disk.
I have done that with no problem.

what I have currently is Vista and XP installed each on a separate HDD.
The problem is that Vista boot takes over and does not give me the normal
boot options screen to select which OS to boot into (like you would get if
both are installed on a single disk with multiple partitions). when on a
single disk I get boot screen of: Earlier version of Windows
Windows Vista
immediately after POST.

with using 2 HDD's, 1 Vista, 1 XP, I do not get this boot option.
Vista takes over and boots.

the only way I can boot to XP is to select the F8 boot option screen manually
then choose the channel which has my XP HDD, or to unplug my Vista drive
SATA cable.

anyone got any Ideas on how to solve this and get the POST boot option
screen without selecting it manually?

thanx

You may want to try the following web page: http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp

Look for the section which explain the "EasyBCD" settings
 
G

Guest

smlunatick said:
You may want to try the following web page: http://apcmag.com/5485/dualbooting_vista_and_xp

Look for the section which explain the "EasyBCD" settings

thanks for the thought I'll look at it closer but at first glance it appears
to deal with the typical dual boot where both OS's are installed on a single
drive with 2 partitions

my problem lies in using 2 separate drives, one for each OS. thus the bios
boot priority settings take over and boot to the drive that is set to first
boot, the only way around this I know of so far is to use F8 on POST to
manually change boot priority.

I'd rather not use the typical dual boot on a single drive due to my
mainboards recovery software that backs up an image to the end of the drive
in unallocated partition space. it is not compatible with vista yet and would
cause me to give up the option of an XP recovery image.
 
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smlunatick

thanks for the thought I'll look at it closer but at first glance it appears
to deal with the typical dual boot where both OS's are installed on a single
drive with 2 partitions

my problem lies in using 2 separate drives, one for each OS. thus the bios
boot priority settings take over and boot to the drive that is set to first
boot, the only way around this I know of so far is to use F8 on POST to
manually change boot priority.

I'd rather not use the typical dual boot on a single drive due to my
mainboards recovery software that backs up an image to the end of the drive
in unallocated partition space. it is not compatible with vista yet and would
cause me to give up the option of an XP recovery image.- Hide quoted text -

- Show quoted text -

The EasyBCD seems to not care where the paritition is. Each drive is
still using a partitions (the size of the complete drive.)
 

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