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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. 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. 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. Marcel Hulsbergen

    Marcel Hulsbergen
    #111 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs Premium Member

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

    Marcel Hulsbergen
    #111 | Roaring Pipes Maniacs Premium Member

    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.
  6. 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.