> I have installed XP Pro on a separate HD (SATA) and Vista is on the main HD (Also SATA).
> I've used Steve Sinchak's instruction sheet and reached the stage of entering the four
> 'bcedit' commands in the Command prompt window. I have input all these in correct syntax, including appropriate spaces and forward slashes but it says
> specified identifier is not valid
> The parameter is incorrect.
> On the cmd prompt the location is c:\users\geoff but I have tried it in the C: prompt only and it still doesn't work. Maybe windows\system could do the trick.
> I need XP as some of my hardware won't work properly with Vista Home Premium.
> Can any suggest either, what have I done wrong or what do I need to do?
Normally, the older OS must be installed first unless you wish to
acquire and use some 3rd-party partition and boot management utility.
(In which case you have to follow the instructions provided by whatever
3rd party solution you select.) However, this KB Article (not for the
faint of heart or technically-challenged) explains how to repair the
Vista boot process after installing WinXP:
Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of
the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration
MS-MVP John Barnett's Guide is considerably more user-friendly:
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