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Re: vista and xp dual boot

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Old 12-01-2007
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Re: vista and xp dual boot

I had a problem with my XP/Vista dual boot too. Mine was re. a parition
on a SATA drive. But I don't think that's all that relevant. What's
actually important is that what eventually worked for me was a solution
that was VERY hard to find on the net, and was something that Microsoft
could easily have resolved by mentioning it on the same page as their
ridiculously vague 'criteria' message. That is, as I eventually (after
many hours over the course of a few days) learnt, that I had to set my
2nd partition as an 'active' partition before Vista would install. i
did this using Acronis Disk Director, where after XP was installed, I
flicked the 'active' partition over to the empty partition where Vista
was to be installed. There can only be one active partition on a hard
drive, and I felt it a bit of a risk to flick it over as I didn;t know
for sure it would work and I might end up with a laptop that wouldn't
boot up at all. But it worked PERFECTLY after that. Whether this is the
solution for you, I can't tell. But I will say that only ONE posting
out of maybe a total of a hundred or so that I must have read on the
internet ever mentioned this 'Active' requirement to me. And s it did
work for me, i'm doing my bit back to the community and letting others
know that this is at least one other potential solution. Good luck and
I hope anyone who reads this gets there in the end.


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