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Dual boot Vista with Win2k RRS feed

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  • Hi all,

    I currently have Win2k running on one hard drive, and will be adding a new hard drive to the machine and then installing Vista on the new drive in a dual boot configuration. I'm doing this so I can take my time installing apps and so forth in Vista while still being productive during the work day in Win2k.

    At some point, I will want to remove the drive that Win2k is on, and just use Vista from then on. Is there something special I should do before or during the dual boot Vista install so that I will be able to later eliminate dual booting and just boot from the Vista drive? My concern is that the Win2k disk would be the boot drive, so removing would seem to be a slight issue!

    Thanks,
    Russ
    Friday, January 26, 2007 12:08 AM

Answers

  • Windows Vista is so flexible to deal with booting issues, once you remove the Windows 2000 drive, Windows Vista automatically will load without boot OS choice menu. Restoring it back will show it.

    Good luck

    Sunday, January 28, 2007 2:13 PM

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  • Windows Vista is so flexible to deal with booting issues, once you remove the Windows 2000 drive, Windows Vista automatically will load without boot OS choice menu. Restoring it back will show it.

    Good luck

    Sunday, January 28, 2007 2:13 PM
  • i have a similar problem (sort of).  however just removing the other drive does not fix the problem.  right now, the mbr or whatever its called in vista is on the other drive, so when i pull the other drive - no boot.  when i boot into the cd to try to repair it, it says it did, but still does not boot into vista. 

    i'm trying to recover the other drive for other stuff.  so i have to move the bcd or whatever off this drive and put it on the same drive as vista.  i've read alot of posts but everything i have found is just a little bit off.

    the bcdedit dump looks like this:
    C:\>bcdedit

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier              {bootmgr}
    device                  partition=D:
    description             Windows Boot Manager
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {globalsettings}
    default                 {current}
    resumeobject            {407cb67b-c11e-11db-ae1e-d77c887e0cd6}
    displayorder            {ntldr}
                            {current}
    toolsdisplayorder       {memdiag}
    timeout                 10

    Windows Legacy OS Loader
    ------------------------
    identifier              {ntldr}
    device                  partition=D:
    path                    \ntldr
    description             Earlier Version of Windows

    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier              {current}
    device                  partition=C:
    path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description             Microsoft Windows Vista
    locale                  en-US
    inherit                 {bootloadersettings}
    osdevice                partition=C:
    systemroot              \Windows
    resumeobject            {407cb67b-c11e-11db-ae1e-d77c887e0cd6}
    nx                      OptIn
    detecthal               No
    usefirmwarepcisettings  No

    Wednesday, March 14, 2007 7:48 PM