Vista/XP Dual Boot Disaster - HELP!

By figmentmitty68 ·
I recently purchased an HP laptop computer with Vista pre-installed. Immediately, I proceeded to install a dual boot for XP, as I still need programs that don't co-habitate with Vista. Partitioning went fine, so did the initial XP installation. I used VistaBootPro to fix the bootloader, and now everything has gone south.

Vista won't load at all, and VistaBootPro tells me it can't open without an admin account and it's not recognizing mine as one (I only have one, so-far-un-passworded account set up).

I made the computer-restore disks for Vista, but they won't boot up, and I can't get to the emergency-restore partition that came with the computer. Since I can't get into Vista, I can't use Vista's tools to undo this whole mess. I feel like a noob, but I just did this (successfully and without hassle) just a few months ago on a nearly-identical laptop.

I don't really care what happened, but how do I fix this corrupt bootloader? HELP!

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Re: Vista/XP Dual Boot Disaster

Have you tried to load xp onto your laptop and then load Vista, i have not tried this so i do not know if it would work. Did your laptop came with a bootable disk so that you could at least get to the partion or re-partion to the the factory default system?.
Have you tried to load the VistaBootpro again and made another Admin account so that you can access your computer?.

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Things to try...

by figmentmitty68 In reply to Re: Vista/XP Dual Boot Di ...

Unfortunately, the laptop didn't come with bootable disks, and the backup disks I made are not booting (or not bootable). I can try uninstalling/reinstalling VistaBootPro again, and I'll try making an Admin account.

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Can you go into "safe mode" for either XP or Vista?

by maharris1957 In reply to Things to try...

Can you go into "safe mode" in the XP partition? If you can there is a way to take the admin password off so that the advanced boot option will not ask for it in order for you to get into XP.


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Safe Mode...

by figmentmitty68 In reply to Can you go into "safe mod ...

I can try to get into Safe mode. It's dicey - sometimes even XP seems not to want to load.

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If you get into 'safe mode' in XP, try this

by maharris1957 In reply to Safe Mode...

If you can get the computer to start XP in 'safe mode,' follow these steps to reset the admin password.

click on Start, then click "run." Then type the following command: "control userpasswords2." Once you type this command, you will get a window with all the user accounts for the comp. Click on the user account and reset the password.

However, if you get to the advanced boot menu, the computer still may ask you for admin password in order to boot into XP in safe mode. I did a dual boot of both XP and Vista a while back, and had the same problem you are having. I ended up taking Vista right off my machine. Don't need it at all. It's mostly "bells and whistles" anyway! And if I decide to upgrade it in the future, then I will do a clean install of Vista. Most of the driver upgrades are available now anyway.

This problem may be rectified with Micro brings out the first service pack for Vista this fall, but don't hold your breath.


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Vista boot process revealed...

by sgt_shultz In reply to If you get into 'safe mod ...

Did you see this:
Windows Vista no longer starts after you install an earlier version of the Windows operating system in a dual-boot configuration

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Get easyBCD program

by Michael L Hereid Sr In reply to Safe Mode...
easy program to use and lets you modify bootloader in both Vista or XP.

Michael L Hereid Sr

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This program didn't work for me

by maharris1957 In reply to Get easyBCD program

I had this program when I had the dual boot, and I still was required to enter the admin pw for XP. I have taken Vista off the desktop, and am not interested in it any time soon. Perhaps when the 1st sp comes out.

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Possible Help

by ssummit In reply to Vista/XP Dual Boot Disast ...

I don't know if this will help your situation, but for a dual boot with XP and Vista, it's recommended that XP is installed on the PC before Vista is installed.

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XP problems after Vista install

by bkrateku In reply to Possible Help

My problem seemed to be backwards compared to most, but when I installed Vista, it killed my XP. I never could get XP up till I wiped off Vista, restored XP from a backup, then fixed the boot.ini file. For some reason, my boot.ini file and my Bluetooth driver didn't get reinstalled. At any rate, I haven't attempted Vista again, but I may this weekend and see if I get different results.

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