I don't know how difficult it could be. I'm not a developer working with
this at MSFT. We asked them to fix it several times and had direct chat
discussions with them during the Beta, and they said they didn't consider
it worth the time, and they didn't have enough time. You could post a
comment directly to them on Jill Zoeller's blog if you sign in:
How restore points and other recovery features in Windows Vista are affected
when you dual-boot with Windows XP
Directly from Dan Stevenson who works with this at MSFt:
"Why this fix is not trivial for Windows XP: Backporting volsnap.sys to
Windows XP would require significant development and testing time. The
entire Volume Shadowcopy Service (VSS) subsystem in Windows Server 2003,
Windows Vista, and Windows Server "Longhorn" would need to be backported to
Windows XP and would likely break a number of third-party backup
applications that rely on the current version of volsnap.sys in Windows XP.
The workaround: To avoid losing Windows Vista shadow copies on a disk that
you don't need to access from Windows XP, disconnect or power off the disk
prior to booting to Windows XP."
I believe that a large component of their decision not to backport was that
given the time it would take, they didn't feel it would impact enough people
who dual boot. I'm not in agreement with this, and think it should have
been fixed. But I also have dual booted through about 20 builds of Vista
beta and using the shortcuts I put on my Vista desktop to XP, or just
quickly typing in the filepath, it hasn't been any problem for me.
"Computer Guru" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> On Jun 2, 6:49 pm, "babaloo" <fac...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> These are good suggestions.
>> It might be even simpler if Microsoft just allowed you to specify where
>> system restore files are saved so they are not seen by XP. I presume one
>> manually do this, or write a simple batch file that will do it on
>> That one would have to resort to any of this tells you all you need to
>> about programming decisions at Microsoft. If security was really a
>> in the creation of Vista this idiot bug could not have been overlooked.
>> What self-serving weanies.
>> Booting to the XP desktop from Vista is not a solution for the millions
>> us for whom Vista simply does not work adequately for performing real,
>> everyday tasks as opposed to endless twiddling with a defective operating
> Actually what would be best if Microsoft just patched the damn bug
> How difficult can it be?
> "IF systemrestorefiles.osversion.major = 6 THEN DON'T DELETE IT!"
> Well, you get the picture. Even if it needs a hotfix to Vista to make
> it add an identifying mark that says "this was made in vista" and
> another hotfix in XP that checks if it was made in Vista or not, it
> would still be worth it - and not dificult.