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Will I lose my Vista boot screen with XP installation

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by vmagics, Dec 16, 2009.

  1. vmagics

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    I am dual booting with WinXP and Vista Ultimate. XP was installed first and since the second OS installed was Vista I get the Vista boot screen on startup. I am considering formatting and reinstalling XP but I'm a little concerned about losing the Vista boot screen or worse, losing the option of booting into Vista altogether. The only recommendation I've received (I read it in a dual booting tutorial) is EasyBCD. Can any confirm whether or not this app works as promised and is it really necessary for such a small undertaking? I'm fairly well equipped to take on this task and this is my only concern... although I seem to remember the old boot.ini system not needing any third party software. Thanks
     
  2. Christopher Aponte

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    I think you can reinstall XP with no problem, if XP and Vista are in different partition, then the pc will see both OS and let you have a choice menu to which to boot up.

    any other opinion?
     
  3. Peter

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  4. Marcel Hulsbergen

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    Always setup the oldest OS first, thats my rule, and I never had problems. So I actually never tried the opposite. Vista and XP have a total different bootloader, so only try it out after a good backup. Actually I will not advise you to do this.
     
  5. Peter

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    If you try it you will see that there is absolute no risk if you follow the link, and its very easy.
     
  6. Marcel Hulsbergen

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    It's a good guide, but I should only use it if no other options are available, and make a backup from your data on a usb disk.
     
  7. Peter

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    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=11

    Here is another great tip, if you install Ireboot in both XP and Win7 you can choose witch OS starts if you restart the PC.