View Full Version : Dual Booting XP after VISTA is installed

12-05-2009, 06:15 PM
Well heres what has happened

I have installed vista and after finding out that the printers drivers dont work on vista, I made another partition on the same had drive and installed XP on it.

But now:
It doesnt let me choose what operating system to boot up, it goes straight into XP. Vista is still installed but I cant use it for some reason. I have done this before but with XP installed first and then Vista second and worked like a charm :clap

Please help, my sister is getting really pissed off at me for what I did, hope i can get out of this.


12-05-2009, 06:30 PM
You should always install the older OS first then the new one, can you go into MSconfig and edit the boot menu? start-run type msconfig

12-05-2009, 06:43 PM
Install EasyBCD, reinstall the Vista bootloader and add an entry for XP in there. :)

BTW Gary that method relies on boot.ini, which Vista doesn't use.

12-05-2009, 07:16 PM
Thanks mate is working!

12-05-2009, 08:13 PM
Glad it worked. :)

12-05-2009, 08:15 PM
I don't have Vista so didn't know that so thanks for informing me does Win 7 have it I haven't had time to look yet

12-05-2009, 09:25 PM
Windows 7 is based on Vista, so naturally it would have the same bootloader. :)

12-05-2009, 09:32 PM
Yep, you can also use the BCDEDIT tool if you don't have EasyBCD.

Although EasyBCd is the easiest to set up.