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  • Question

  • I have a home built AMD 2x3Ghz processor, 4GB RAM.
    I originally had XP pro installed on this, and installed Vista ultimate as a dual boot.
     During a later attempt to persuade Vista to install as 64bit, I added a partition to the hard drive, which 'broke' the XP OS. After that although I got the 'which OS do you want to run'? choosing XP would only lead to an error message about a file that it couldn't find. I didn't try really hard to fix this as Vista was working ok, BUT I wonder if it is any way related to my new problem with Win7.

    I  recently installed the Win 7 release candidate onto my second hard-drive (which was pretty much blank,) intending to have it as dual boot with Vista.
    But when I boot the computer, I get no options to choose the OS; it boots straight into WIn7.
    If I interrupt the boot, and change the boot order in the BIOS to the other drive, I get the old list of OS's which does not include Win7. So basically if I want to change my OS I have to change the boot order in Bios each time.

    Has anyone encountered this and can you tell me how to fix it?

    I'm no computer expert. I know a little; enough to install, change boot order, and defrag.
    I read that Win7 has a file that deals with booting, could doing something with that perhaps correct this problem?
    Thanks
    PJ

    Saturday, July 11, 2009 5:56 PM

Answers


  • Your win7 BCD (boot manager) entries only point to win7. If you add a BCD entry for Vista, and point it to the install of Vista, you should be able to use both systems without changing things in the BIOS.
    Same thing happened to me! I ... downloaded a tool called vistabootpro which cost me about $9, but well worth it!... url is http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    Why pay $9 (although I thought that program was $19 at one time) when you can get the same features for FREE!!!!! Try EasyBCD, available at http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
    - JoelbX
    • Proposed as answer by JoelbX Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:27 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ronnie VernonMVP Sunday, July 12, 2009 1:06 AM
    Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:25 PM

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  • Hi PJ

    Same thing happened to me! I was in a hurry to test and downloaded a tool called vistabootpro which cost me about $9, but well worth it! A couple of minutes to install and configure and bobs your uncle dual boot, triple boot what ever you desire! url is http://www.vistabootpro.org/ 
    Either that or you can manually edit the boot manager if youve got time on your hands. http://www.vistaclues.com/how-to-edit-the-bcd-registry-file/

    Kind regards

    Computerneer001
    Saturday, July 11, 2009 9:36 PM

  • Your win7 BCD (boot manager) entries only point to win7. If you add a BCD entry for Vista, and point it to the install of Vista, you should be able to use both systems without changing things in the BIOS.
    Same thing happened to me! I ... downloaded a tool called vistabootpro which cost me about $9, but well worth it!... url is http://www.vistabootpro.org/

    Why pay $9 (although I thought that program was $19 at one time) when you can get the same features for FREE!!!!! Try EasyBCD, available at http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1
    - JoelbX
    • Proposed as answer by JoelbX Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:27 PM
    • Marked as answer by Ronnie VernonMVP Sunday, July 12, 2009 1:06 AM
    Saturday, July 11, 2009 10:25 PM
  • Thanks,
    EasyBCD did the trick.
    (though they should rename it 'easierthanbcdeditbutstillabitfiddlyBCD')
    Took a lot of trying and fiddling before I found the bit that actually saves your edits into the actual file. (I'd assumed that Save would do this, but noooooo! it was in a dropdown. Something about update bootstore; something like that anyway.)
    But now I can get into Vista or Win7 without messing around in BIOS.

    Thanks again.
    Sunday, July 12, 2009 10:04 AM
  • Thanks,
    EasyBCD did the trick.
    (though they should rename it 'easierthanbcdeditbutstillabitfiddlyBCD')...
    Thanks again.
    Yeah, one time when I renamed the XP entry, it made it point to the wrong drive letter (aka partition) and I  couldn't get to XP without re-going into EasyBCD and changing the drive letter it pointed to.

    At least it is a LOT better than the OS built-in way of doing it: An admin command prompt, with you needing to know all these switches for bcdedit.exe.

    You're very welcome, glad it worked!

    - JoelbX
    • Edited by JoelbX Sunday, July 12, 2009 2:01 PM forgot to say you're welcome
    Sunday, July 12, 2009 2:00 PM