XP/vista dual boot (with XP already installed)

Discussion in 'Acronis True Image Product Line' started by kowal, Feb 10, 2008.

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  1. kowal

    kowal Registered Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    I have a copy of XP already installed on my C:drive.
    I tried installing vista on a seperate partition on the same disc.C:drive
    The install went fine......but after when vista loads.....i get many {orphaned file) errors.
    Is there a way i can use TI10 to properly do a XP/vista dual boot?
    I am pretty sure if 1st install vista then do a clean install of XP i will be good....but i want to keep my current XP installation.
  2. jonyjoe81

    jonyjoe81 Registered Member

    May 1, 2007
    It's always best when xp is installed first (like you have it) then add vista later since it's the newer os in a dual boot configuration. I've done it but it's a complex procedure but it can be done.

    As far as true image 10, It would be good just to backup your windows xp partition and save it just in case you run into problems. As far as removing xp first than installing vista on that partition, and then restoring xp on the other partition to make a dual boot, that would require alot of repairs to get it to work that way. More trouble than it's worth.

    This guide is very good showing step by step with screenshots.
  3. kowal

    kowal Registered Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    i have a 250gb partitioned to make two partitions...a 95gb and a 137gb.
    I have my windows XP installed on the first partition (95gb).
    Then when i install vista home premium on the (137gb) partition.....after the vista install is when i start getting the {orphaned file} errors.....it automatically goes into check disc on its own during startup.....and reports correcting orphaned file errors.......takes about 20 minutes......them when vista desktop finally loads....there is a yellow icon in bottom right toolbar reading (corrupt file system)
  4. truthseeker

    truthseeker Former Poster

    Jan 26, 2008
    Here you go:

  5. K0LO

    K0LO Registered Member

    Mar 9, 2006
    State College, Pennsylvania

    I don't think that you're having any problems installing. Rather, I think you may have a bad hard disk. Orphaned File errors indicate severe corruption in the NTFS Master File Table. Vista knows to schedule and run a chkdsk, but it is apparently not enough to fix the problems.

    From XP, can you do a chkdsk on the Vista drive letter (e.g. chkdsk D: if Vista is on drive D:) and see what the report says? Here is an example from a good partition without errors:
    Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
    (C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.
    C:\>chkdsk d:
    The type of the file system is NTFS.
    Volume label is Data.
    WARNING!  F parameter not specified.
    Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.
    CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
    File verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
    Index verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
    Security descriptor verification completed.
    CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
    Usn Journal verification completed.
      78132092 KB total disk space.
       4397112 KB in 13502 files.
          4212 KB in 953 indexes.
             0 KB in bad sectors.
        123868 KB in use by the system.
         65536 KB occupied by the log file.
      73606900 KB available on disk.
          4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
      19533023 total allocation units on disk.
      18401725 allocation units available on disk.
    If you see lots of problems, then try chkdsk D: /r to check for and try to remove bad blocks. When finished, repeat the chkdsk D: to see if the mess is cleaned up.

    You may need to fix up the bad blocks (if that is the problem) first and then reinstall Vista. Or, if completely unsuccessful then maybe it's time for a new disk.
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