Dual boot: Vista and Win Server 2003

Wow! It was a long long long installation weekend. My Laptop’s hard disk died a week ago, and I got new one which means installations!

I need both Vista and Server 2003 with Dual boot configuration on my laptop. Vista is my work and development machine, server 2003 hosted Team Foundation Server – my presentations machine.

It seems that this is not so easy to configure dual boot with Vista…after 2 formats and re-installation I finally succeeded!

Why does it so complicated? earlier versions of the Windows are incompatible with the new Windows Vista startup method. Windows Vista uses a new Boot Configuration Database (BCD) store. This store contains a boot menu and all the information about operating systems that are installed on the computer. Therefore, a Boot.ini file that is from an earlier version of the Windows operating system cannot be used to start Windows Vista.

How did I solve it? I found this useful KB and a great tool: EasyBCD.

Next time I’ll be smarter…

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4 Responses to Dual boot: Vista and Win Server 2003

  1. Anonymous says:

    thanks, this info is very useful to me.

  2. maord says:

    This comment originally written by:Wow! It was a long long long installation weekend. My Laptop's hard disk died a week ago, and I got new one which means installations! I need both Vista and Server 2003 with Dual boot configuration on my laptop. Vista is my work and development machine

  3. maord says:

    This comment originally written by:Curt BriscarAfter running Easy BCD and rebuilding my MBR I was once again able to boot into Vista.  I then used Easy BCD to add the info for my server install.  I have 2 hard drives.  C is vista and D is 2003.
    Upon rebooting I am given a choice of which os but I get an error when trying to boot to 2003.  What am I missing?

  4. Maor David-Pur says:

    This comment originally written by:zxevil164FJiF1P Cool, bro!

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