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Postby MadMrMax » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:27 pm

Ok, so I take it the following install would work then:
Config:
--- Disk 0, partitions 1 and 2 (or 0 and 1 depending upon if you are 0 based)
--- Partition 1 active

Install:
--- 1 Install XP at partition 1.
--- 2 Boot up Vista from CD and perform install at partition 2

Post installs the following would be the result:
--- System drive is Disk 0, partition 1.
--- When booting into XP, C:\Windows refers to XP. The "D" drive most likely would be Vista (not important)
--- When booting into Vista, C:\Windows refers to Vista. The "D" drive might be XP.

That sounds like a "normal" multi partition install. Would the results be the norm also?

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Postby MadMrMax » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:29 pm

NT50 wrote:You install Vista by booting to the DVD or you would not have C: for XP and C: for Vista.

Actually I hid the XP partition and then installed Vista by booting to the DVD. This kept Vista from thinking the XP partition was/should be the system drive.

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Postby JabbaPapa » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:32 pm

MadMrMax wrote:Ok, so I take it the following install would work then:
Config:
--- Disk 0, partitions 1 and 2 (or 0 and 1 depending upon if you are 0 based)
--- Partition 1 active

Install:
--- 1 Install XP at partition 1.
--- 2 Boot up Vista from CD and perform install at partition 2

Post installs the following would be the result:
--- System drive is Disk 0, partition 1.
--- When booting into XP, C:\Windows refers to XP. The "D" drive most likely would be Vista (not important)
--- When booting into Vista, C:\Windows refers to Vista. The "D" drive might be XP.

That sounds like a "normal" multi partition install. Would the results be the norm also?

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Postby NT50 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:33 pm

The link below is not the same issue you have but similar

See if THIS will help.....
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Postby NT50 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 9:35 pm

OOPS that link might not help but the first post I did shoudl fix the problem IF you have the XP partition unhid.
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Postby MadMrMax » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:23 pm

Thanks. I think I'm going to go the route of reinstalling Vista using the config mentioned above.

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Postby NT50 » Mon Jan 29, 2007 10:35 pm

The route as above will work fine.
Just install XP first. Install VistaBootPro but do not use it.
Then boot to the Vista DVD and install on partition 2. You can also Install VBP within Vista.

You can now run VBP and backup you boot data. Whatever you do, if you format the drive with XP then you will loose your boot manager files. But there are way around everything also.
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Postby MadMrMax » Tue Jan 30, 2007 1:56 am

Ok -- I did the reinstall of Vista and now only have 1 system partition, but now here is an issue (something I didn't disclose previously)

I actually have three primary partitions on Disk 0:
Partition 1 is XP, Partition 2 is Data and Partition 3 is Vista.

The second partition contains all my data (think My Documents) -- I want this to be partition letter "D" in all my OS installations. This was how XP set it up. Vista decided that partition 3 (the Vista partition) would be the "C" drive and partition 1 (XP partition) would be "D" and the Partition 2 (data partition) would be "E".

Question: How would I go about swapping the XP partition to be the letter "E" and the data partition to be "D"?

I can't use Disk Manager because the XP partition is now the system partition and it won't let me. I assume there is something that BCD can help me here.
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Postby NT50 » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:06 am

I would not recommend switching drive letters........

It can get you into some trouble........
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Postby MadMrMax » Tue Jan 30, 2007 2:08 am

NT50 wrote:I would not recommend switching drive letters........

It can get you into some trouble........

I'm fine with the trouble -- I can reformat the whole HD if necessary -- I just need to know how I would do it (if it can be done).

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