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Vista RC1 & XP Pro Dual Boot issues

By baduni ·
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Hi Guys,
Installed XP Pro SP2 (32Bit) on the 320GB Sata2 drive. Everything was working perfectly fine and the PC was really fast.
Then installed Vista 64 Bit RC1 on the Maxtor 200 GB HDD. All was still OK.

Then I wanted to do something clever.I went into the XP ran diskmgmt.msc Right clicked the partition of the Vista Drive and clicked on "change drive letter and paths" and just clicked on remove (So as not to the see the Vista boot drive in XP. It gave me the standard warning & I said yes to that.
Then I booted into Vista and did the same to the XP Drive Then the problems all started.
When I booted into XP, it came up with Gigabyte raid configurations errors etc but the PC speed was still OK. Then the next day, the PC speed became really slow.I unplugged the power cable to the Vista drive and still the same issues etc. XP was hanging etc etc. Booted into Vista and things were still fine etc.

Things reached such a state that XP was unusable. Used Bart PE to boot into a GUI and tried to delete the Vista files through BartPE with A43 File Manager .
Question 1 - I was unable to delete these files at all? Even in a Bart PE environment do the vista files still stay protected?
Question 2 Why was i unable to delete them, are they encrypted?

Anyways, disconnected the power cable to the Vista drive, started XP back again.
CHKDSK started and it came up with a lot of errors. Could not read sectors etc?

Question 2 - When I had deleted the volume letter of the XP drive through Vista, could that have caused this?

Reimaged PC. Took 10 mins to install 7GB (OS + all Apps etc). Booted into XP and all was perfect again? Like nothing ever happened.
I still have the Vista HDD disconnected till i get some ideas from you guys. Pls help.

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by CG IT In reply to Vista RC1 & XP Pro Dual B ...

well my only suggestion is to not be clever and remove drive letters and paths.

To answer question 1. You should be able to format the drive to delete the Vista installation but Vista will protect itself from having system operation critical files deleted [unlike XP where you can].

To answer question 2. Not encrypted files they are protected from deletion meaning Microsoft figures users have no idea what or how a computer runs so why give them access to files or folders containing files that could cause the system to not run.

Question 3 deleting volume letter cause the problems most certainly.

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by CG IT In reply to

disconnect the data cable on the XP drive, hook up the Vista installation drive. Boot using a bootable CD with an Fdisk utility or another utility which will let you format your disk. reformat it.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Vista RC1 & XP Pro Dual B ...

Even if you where to completely remove the Vista Install from the other HDD there will still be files on the Boot Drive that will exist to allow the Dual Boot Option.

You most certainly caused this problem yourself by deleting the XP Drive from the Vista Install as it will have necessary files on it that would be unusable once the Boot Drive has disappeared from the system.

When you originally installed Vista you just have to accept the Dual Boot Option and accept that you'll be able to read the Vista Drive from the XP installation and the XP i=drive from the Vista Installation but because you can do this doesn't mean that you have to and if you where to run XP with Limited User Rights that would most likely resolve most of your existing problems. If Vista was currently using the WFS that MS touted it would be his wouldn't be much of an issue as XP would be unable to read the Vista Drive and while Vista would be capable of reading a NTFS Drive the 64 Bit version is currently so limited that it nothing better than a play toy for testing. Currently it's not a usable Platform to work from just like the 64 Bit XP Pro version is unsuitable currently.


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by compuwysepc In reply to Vista RC1 & XP Pro Dual B ...

Just a guess, but your problem may be stemming from the fact that you are trying to run a 32bit and a 64bit OS in a dual boot configuration. I suggest you do some research to see if there any compatibility issues associated with that type of configuration.

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