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Help me with Dual/Multi-Booting Error

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June 16, 2010 11:41:55 PM

  1. [boot loader]
  2. timeout=10
  3. default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
  4. [operating systems]
  5. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="[Vista]" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
  6. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="[Win 7]" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
  7. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="[ XP ]" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect


I got the settings to here, and I know partition and disk number is right.
BUT, only Windows XP (Partition 4) Seems to work.
Did I miss a step, or did something wrong?

The newly installed OS was XP, and it came with this code
  1. [boot loader]
  2. timeout=10
  3. default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS
  4. [operating systems]
  5. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect



I only edited boot.ini and nothing else.
June 17, 2010 1:55:59 AM

While your logic makes sense, vista and 7 do not use the same bootloader. Since you installed XP last, boot to your vista disk and perform a repair. After that you'll get to choose from XP and vista after POST. So then boot to your 7 disk, and repair that OS. After that you'll be able choose the OS after POST, the default will be 7. You can change the OS order with EasyBCD.
I'm really surprised you can boot to all the OSes using 4 partitions on your HDD. Most recommendations I have seen say not to use more than two OSes on a single HDD.
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