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Windows Vista & Xp Dual Boot - Cannot install XP - Stops installing after copying setup files RRS feed

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    I currently have two hard disks in my computer:

     

    c: - running vista operating system no problems - Primary master - (80gb)

    d: - completely empty - Secondary Slave -  (200gb)

     

    And obviously a dvd drive (Secondary master).

     

    My aim is to put XP onto d: as it is blank.

     

    I run the dvd with the xp disc in on startup and it starts going through the setup process. I reformat d: during the setup process just to make sure and tell it to install on to that drive/partition. It copies all the xp setup files onto the d: and then its time for the reboot. When it reboots, it asks if i want to boot from the cd so i leave it to count down and then boot from the hard drive in order to start the GUI part of the XP setup but all that happens is the screen goes blank. It is set to boot from the primary master after the dvd drive but it doesnt start the setup process. I think its got something to do with the vista booting process on the c: but i dont know what to do or how to get around it.

     

    Help please.

     

     

    Sunday, November 11, 2007 9:26 PM

Answers

  • Hi mightymouse_toon,

     

    Thank you for the post.

     

    Please understand it is an expected behavior and allow me to explain the root cause first.

     

    Cause Analysis:

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    Windows Vista uses a new Boot Configuration Database (BCD) store for system boot, which supports the earlier versions of the Windows operating systems’ boot process. However, earlier versions of the Windows operating system are incompatible with the new Windows Vista startup method.

     

    Therefore, if we install an earlier version of Windows system such as Windows XP first, and then install Windows Vista on another partition as a dual boot system, everything should work correctly.

     

    However, if we install Windows Vista first, and then install Windows XP as a dual boot system, we will encounter an issue: The previously installed Windows Vista no longer starts. In this case, only the earlier version of the Windows operating system starts.

     

    This is because Windows XP installation overwrites the boot data (to be exact, it overwrites everything from the MBR, the boot sector, and the boot files), which is not compatible with Windows Vista boot method.

     

    For more information, please refer to:

     

    Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529/en-us

     

    Suggestions:

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    In the future, when deploying a dual-boot computer, we recommend you install earlier version of Windows operation system first, and then install the newer version of Windows operating system.

     

    At this time, we can also try this suggestion to avoid unexpected issues. I suggest you back up important data, format the drives, install Windows XP on drive D and then install Windows Vista on drive E.

     

    If anything is unclear, please let me know.

      

    Hope it helps.

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Thursday, November 15, 2007 2:04 AM
    Moderator

All replies

  • Hi mightymouse_toon,

     

    Thank you for the post.

     

    Please understand it is an expected behavior and allow me to explain the root cause first.

     

    Cause Analysis:

    ===========

    Windows Vista uses a new Boot Configuration Database (BCD) store for system boot, which supports the earlier versions of the Windows operating systems’ boot process. However, earlier versions of the Windows operating system are incompatible with the new Windows Vista startup method.

     

    Therefore, if we install an earlier version of Windows system such as Windows XP first, and then install Windows Vista on another partition as a dual boot system, everything should work correctly.

     

    However, if we install Windows Vista first, and then install Windows XP as a dual boot system, we will encounter an issue: The previously installed Windows Vista no longer starts. In this case, only the earlier version of the Windows operating system starts.

     

    This is because Windows XP installation overwrites the boot data (to be exact, it overwrites everything from the MBR, the boot sector, and the boot files), which is not compatible with Windows Vista boot method.

     

    For more information, please refer to:

     

    Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529/en-us

     

    Suggestions:

    ===========

    In the future, when deploying a dual-boot computer, we recommend you install earlier version of Windows operation system first, and then install the newer version of Windows operating system.

     

    At this time, we can also try this suggestion to avoid unexpected issues. I suggest you back up important data, format the drives, install Windows XP on drive D and then install Windows Vista on drive E.

     

    If anything is unclear, please let me know.

      

    Hope it helps.

     

    Best regards,

    Tim Quan

    Microsoft Online Community Support

     

    Thursday, November 15, 2007 2:04 AM
    Moderator
  • I was trying to do the same thing, but did not get very far.  I tried both XP Pro and Media Center 2005 and they both greyed out the "Install XP" option.

     

     

    Friday, February 15, 2008 11:05 PM
  • I UNDERSTAND THE PREMISE THAT VISTA MUST BE INSTALLED AFTER XP AS BCD WILL BE OVERWRITTEN BY THE BOOT INSTALLER FOR XP, IF XP WERE TO BE INSTALLED AFTER VISTA, EFFECTIVELY RENDERING THE ENTIRE HDD SUBJECT TO THE BOOT PROVISIONS OF THE LAST INSTALLED OS. HOWEVER, I HAVE THREE SEPARATE HDD'S IN A WORKSTATION THAT ALLOWS ME TO EASILY DISCONNECT THE VISTA 32 RUNNING ON ONE, AND THE VISTA 64 ON THE OTHER, ENABLING A NON-INFLUENCED BOOT OF A FORMATTED, PRE-PARTITIONED, HDD WITH WHICH TO BOOT/INSTALL THE XP. STILL, I EXPERIANCE THE SAME PROBLEM BY BEING PREVENTED FROM FULLY-INSTALLING AND RUNNING XP. IS MY PROBLEM RESULTING FROM HAVING PERFORMED THE PARTITIONS IN THE VISTA OS TO BEGIN WITH? THIS SEEMS UNLIKELY UNLESS MY BIOS HAS BEEN AFFECTED SOMEHOW. pLEASE ENLIGHTEN ME!! 

     

    Sunday, March 2, 2008 9:29 PM
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    Tuesday, March 4, 2008 4:00 AM