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    Vista / XP dual boot on new computer

    I bought a new computer from Fujitsu and it has, apparently, a dual boot system.
    I have no idea how to make it start in XP though. There is a flash screen when it starts but it goes so quickly that although I have spotted it 3 times I haven't been able to read it, lol.
    I assume I am going to have to press something before Vista starts but the question is what?
    I do have both operating discs that came with the computer.

    Any help would be muchly appreciated for this ol' dear.

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    A menu should come up giving you a choice of OS before either start :?

    Perhaps you have to enable the dual boot screen on the system/in BIOS?

    Original Poster

    Oh great, now I have to try and press to start bios as well, lol. They don't believe in making things easy for us oldies do they!!!

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    fluffykit;3565898

    Oh great, now I have to try and press to start bios as well, lol. They … Oh great, now I have to try and press to start bios as well, lol. They don't believe in making things easy for us oldies do they!!!



    Try using EasyBCD
    neosmart.net/dl.…d=1

    A good simple free tool that allows you to edit the bootloader, so you can make either O/S the default and have the menu displayed for however long you want.

    Hope it helps

    I Have Duel Boot Try Pressing F8 On Boot(keep Tapping Fast)

    RTFM
    :thumbsup:

    cnet.com.au/des…a=N

    The boot screen is usually set to 30s but it might have been changed to less....

    Graham

    Original Poster

    Thanks for the guides.
    F8 doesn't do it for me. It just goes direct to safe boot.

    I think I'll use the EasyBCD tomorrow.
    It might be warmer then and I can think better, lol.

    look for a file called boot.ini, open it with notepad and look for the lines

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30

    30 is the time allowed to select an alternative operating system but...
    are you really sure it came setup as dual boot?, try posting the exact wording cos i have seen FS PCs that come with a licence sticker contaiinng keycodes for 2 OSs but normally you are only supposed to use one or the other not both.

    Hang on are you sure you mean it comes with Dual Boot? Or it comes with the ability to choose which OS to install? Either Vista Business or a Downgrade to XP Pro.

    I think it is likely yo be the latter as I have never yet seen a machine come with Dual boot enabled.

    SO chances are you have to choose one or the other

    When you go in to My COmputer do you see a Local Disk C: as well as another drive called something along the lines of "recovery partition"? If you do then the chances are you need to press a key as the machine starts to choose the Recovery partition.

    If not then it is probably on a CD that came with the laptop, an XP recovery CD.

    It sounds like you have the option of either Vista business or XP Pro - I would go with XP Pro

    Press the pause/break button on the top right of the keyboard to stop the computer from going anywhere when the screen you are trying to read comes on.

    the easiest way to edit it is to go to:

    Right click my computer>Properties>Advanced>Startup and recovery box - Settings> and where it says "Default operating system" drop the box down. If it says XP and Vista youve got dual boot, if just one then you havent. You can also edit the amount of time the option stays open from here.

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    maddogb;3566506

    look for a file called boot.ini, open it with notepad and look for the … look for a file called boot.ini, open it with notepad and look for the lines[boot loader]timeout=3030 is the time allowed to select an alternative operating system but...are you really sure it came setup as dual boot?, try posting the exact wording cos i have seen FS PCs that come with a licence sticker contaiinng keycodes for 2 OSs but normally you are only supposed to use one or the other not both.



    If its dual boot editing the boot.ini will not change the startup option, as thats for xp.
    Vista uses bootmgr to load before the ntldr kicks in for xp, if its dual boot, so you need to use bcdedit or a simple gui program like easybcd to edit the bootmgr.
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