click the XP drive. This will be the
second local disk, in my case, drive
D as shown in Figure 18. This will
open up the drive so you can see
all the files and folders on it.
Right-click on the boot.ini file and
select Edit from the menu as shown in
Figure 19. This will open up the XP
boot definition file.
Your boot.ini file should look like
the one shown in Figure 20. (As a
matter of fact, if you only have two
partitions it should look exactly the
same.) You may have to change the
partion parameter if your XP is not the
second partition on the drive. If you
are not sure, you can open up the
Management form and look at the
order in the lower portion of the pane.
All partitions count and start with the
number 1. If you make changes to the
file, save it and close the form.
Now use the control key and
select the boot.in, NTDETECT.COM,
and ntdr files, then right-click. Select
the Copy option as shown in Figure 21.
Go back to the Computer form
and double-click on the Vista drive as
shown in Figure 22.
Right-click on the form to the right
of the file entries as shown in Figure 23.
Select the Paste option. The three files
you selected on the previous form should
now show up on this form, as well.
The last thing we need to do is edit
the Vista boot manager configuration
file. To do this, we will use the free
boot manager called VistaBootPro.
Download and install it now. (The
program can also be downloaded
from the PROnetworks website at
Once installed, start the program.
The program will prompt you the first
time it is loaded to make a backup of
the Vista boot config settings. You can
ignore that for now. Select the ”Manage
BCD OS Entries” tab. Check the Add
New Entry box and fill out the three
parameters with the ones shown in
Figure 24, then hit the Apply Updates
You can now shut down the
program and reboot the machine. You
will be prompted at startup for the Vista
or XP operating system with Vista being
■ FIGURE 20
■ FIGURE 21
■ FIGURE 22
■ FIGURE 23
■ FIGURE 24
the default. Go ahead and
reboot, and make sure you
can boot XP.
That’s it! You now have
both operating systems
installed. Your XP boot is
probably not operating at
100% because you have not
installed any drivers.
Obstacle 2: Updating
The advantage of a dual
boot system is that you can use
your Vista boot to surf the web
and locate drivers until you get
your XP network drivers up
and running. However, before
you start installing anything on
your brand new XP drive, you
should do a backup. This
means either installing backup
software on the drive or using
the Partition to Image option on the
Spotmau. At this point, you can also
install the software directly to the OS so
you can schedule backups.
Right-click on the My Computer
entry in the Start Menu and select the
■ FIGURE 25
Properties option. This will load the
System Properties form shown in
Figure 25. Select the Hardware tab and
hit the Device Manager button and the
Device Manager form will load. It is
this form where you can check the
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