Jun 2 2007

Easily Modify The Windows Vista Bootloader With EasyBCD

gears1.pngEasyBCD is an advanced GUI application that makes it easy to modify the Windows Vista bootloader and the entries in it.Windows Vista comes with a new bootloader and gives users much more control over the bootloading process – but it’s almost impossible to use.

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With EasyBCD, users can easily add, remove, delete, and modify existing entries. It also allows users to even add new entries for legacy or LH-based operating systems. EasyBCD is a valuable recovery tool, used by support professionals, beginners, and even Microsoft employees on a daily basis!

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    Jun 2 2007

    Dual Booting Windows XP and Vista, An Install Guide

    windows_vista_orb2.jpgAre you like me itching to try out Windows Vista but not ready to take the plunge 100%?

    Dual booting is an option and it?s not that hard to do, so put on your geek hat and let?s get started.

    Step 1 Use or buy a second hard drive, A 40 gig drive from Newegg is only $35 to $40 dollars. Yes you could partition your existing drive by reformatting and using the XP disk to add partitions or buying a partitioning tool like Partition Magic, but if your XP install is working fine why mess with it.

    Step 2 Set the jumper on the new drive to Slave or cable select depending on your setup. Install the new drive and boot the computer.

    Step 3 Formatting the new drive. From the desktop right click ?my computer? and choose manage, under storage choose ?Disk Management?. Here you will see all the hard drives installed. Notice disk 0 is your XP installation. Disk 1 is your new drive. We need to format this drive.

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    Right click in the unallocated space of Disk 1 and choose New Partition

     

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    Click next.

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    Choose Primary partition.

     

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    Specify a partition size. I recommend using the maximum size
    Click next.

     

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    Assign a drive letter. Just use the one offered if you?d like.

     

     

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    Formatting the drive.

    Choose.
    File System: NTFS
    Allocation size: Default
    Volume label: Here I would label it Vista. It will help avoid confusion later

    Click next. Then finish (Depending on the drive size it might take a few minutes.)

     

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    The drive is now ready for the Vista install.

    Installing Windows Vista.

    Step 4

    Insert the Vista DVD into the computer and reboot the system.

     

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    Once the computer restarts and boots from the DVD, Windows Vista?s setup will begin and show the screen below.

    In the next screen fill in the info requested.

     

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    On this screen you will begin the install process.

     

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    On this screen you will type in your product key

     

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    On this screen you have to accept the license terms.

     

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    On this screen you choose which type of installation you want to do
    You want ?Custom? (Advanced) if you choose upgrade you will install over XP and we don?t want that for this guide.

     

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    This screen is where you choose where to install Vista.
    You will see both your drives. (It will differ from this picture a little)
    You will want to choose your Vista Drive it should be Disk 1

     

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    After you select the disk you want – click next and complete the installation.
    When the installation is complete the Boot Manager will appear for
    30 seconds and you can choose which version of Windows to start.
    The earlier version is XP and the default is Vista.

     

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    Congratulations now you?re ready to install all your programs.

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    Jun 2 2007

    Welcome To Vista Revisited

    windows_vista_orb2.jpgWelcome to Vista Revisited. On this site you will find Tips and Tweaks for Windows Vista.

    I was an early Vista beta tester and had so many problems with all the builds that I finally gave up all attempts to run Vista on my test system. So when I received an upgrade coupon I was very skeptical, but I figured I give the release version a shot Hence the name Vista Revisited.

    This site is an offshoot of my other site http://kevinscrate.com/blog
    I decided to separate the Vista content to its own domain for less confusion.

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