+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: multiboot os

  1. #1
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30

    multiboot os

    hi
    my question is i have windows xp sp2 installed in my computer now i want to install windows xp sp3 in another drive (i want both sp 2 and sp 3 to show at boot time)
    . so when i try to install sp 3 after it copies files where i tell installer to install it. it restarts but after restarting it does not continue the setup process and starts the older windows i.e xp sp2 how to sort out this problem

    thanks in advance !!

  2. #2
    Ride 'em Cowboy Steve R Jones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    12,733
    If during the reboot you see the message->press any key to boot from cd-> DON'T press any key.
    "Life is unpredictable, eat dessert first."

  3. #3
    Millwright stroyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    8,189
    Maybe I'm not up to date, but I thought, you needed separate boot software, (third party boot loader), to boot to 2 different disks drives.
    Are you using boot software?

    Can you dual Boot 2 different service pack versions of XP, on the same drive, using just XP?
    I never thought of it, but why not?
    Last edited by stroyal; February 13th, 2011 at 07:12 PM.
    Hard Sayin Not Knowin

  4. #4
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve R Jones View Post
    If during the reboot you see the message->press any key to boot from cd-> DON'T press any key.
    its doest not show any message but starts the previously installed os i.e xp sp2

  5. #5
    Millwright stroyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    8,189
    It is always going to default to the C: drive unless you get a boot loader to switch drives on boot. Not just any boot loader. It has to be able to switch physical drives.
    You did say 2 different physical drives, didn't you?
    The only other way is to swap the data cables, before each start up, or multi-boot off the same physical drive, with separate partitions.

    Here is a list of boot loaders, and what they can do.
    You want an "NT Series", and "Boot From/Second/ Hard Disk", at least.
    Comparison of boot loaders - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Hard Sayin Not Knowin

  6. #6
    Ride 'em Cowboy Steve R Jones's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2001
    Location
    Dallas, TX
    Posts
    12,733
    stroyal - Windows will gladly install a boot loader/boot menu in this dual XP setup.

    Only time you'll have an issue is if you install XP after Vista or WIn 7.
    "Life is unpredictable, eat dessert first."

  7. #7
    Millwright stroyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    8,189
    Oh, I thought it wouldn't work on 2 different disk drives, and the chart I posted, had a ?, so I thought it confirmed my suspicions.

    Live and learn.
    Hard Sayin Not Knowin

  8. #8
    Super Stealthy Moderator RicheemxX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Outside the box
    Posts
    8,574
    Blog Entries
    4
    No what the OP is trying to do should work fine, however it doesn't make much sense. Outside of a few minor tweaks SP2 and SP3 aren't much different so it seems kinda pointless.
    Be a Liberal, blame everyone else!!

  9. #9
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by stroyal View Post
    Maybe I'm not up to date, but I thought, you needed separate boot software, (third party boot loader), to boot to 2 different disks drives.
    Are you using boot software?

    Can you dual Boot 2 different service pack versions of XP, on the same drive, using just XP?
    I never thought of it, but why not?
    No i am not using any separate boot software

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by RicheemxX View Post
    No what the OP is trying to do should work fine, however it doesn't make much sense. Outside of a few minor tweaks SP2 and SP3 aren't much different so it seems kinda pointless.
    Some games like gta eflc need sp3 so i need to install it

  11. #11
    Millwright stroyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    8,189
    Quote Originally Posted by sandeeptheviper View Post
    Some games like gta eflc need sp3 so i need to install it

    That doesn't explain, service pack2.

    I maintain about 40 computers XP service pack 3, and never saw a problem.

    I have heard of problems, with some programs, but have never seen them myself.
    Hard Sayin Not Knowin

  12. #12
    Super Stealthy Moderator RicheemxX's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2003
    Location
    Outside the box
    Posts
    8,574
    Blog Entries
    4
    Yeah the point was why create a muli-boot setup with Sp2 and Sp3. If you need Sp3 why not just update your current install? That would make more sense than swapping back and forth between the two.
    Be a Liberal, blame everyone else!!

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by stroyal View Post
    That doesn't explain, service pack2.

    I maintain about 40 computers XP service pack 3, and never saw a problem.

    I have heard of problems, with some programs, but have never seen them myself.
    is this because i have two hard disk installed

  14. #14
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by RicheemxX View Post
    Yeah the point was why create a muli-boot setup with Sp2 and Sp3. If you need Sp3 why not just update your current install? That would make more sense than swapping back and forth between the two.
    nothing much but i want to try and do this

  15. #15
    Millwright stroyal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Location
    New Hampshire
    Posts
    8,189
    Quote Originally Posted by sandeeptheviper View Post
    is this because i have two hard disk installed
    I was talking about, service pack compatibility, not your installation problem.

    I looked around a little, and could find nothing definitive, on booting to separate drives with XP.
    The ones that I did find, said it was not good at it, and a third party boot loader should be used.
    (But maybe someone here can give you more detail than, it will work)

    I see no advantage to using 2 separate drives,
    If you really have to try, and don't want to get another boot loader, why not partition one hard drive to 2 parts, and install your dual boot to that.

    Then use your second hard drive as a backup, everyone needs a backup. and most don't.
    Hard Sayin Not Knowin

  16. #16
    Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    delhi
    Posts
    30
    Quote Originally Posted by stroyal View Post
    I was talking about, service pack compatibility, not your installation problem.

    I looked around a little, and could find nothing definitive, on booting to separate drives with XP.
    The ones that I did find, said it was not good at it, and a third party boot loader should be used.
    (But maybe someone here can give you more detail than, it will work)

    I see no advantage to using 2 separate drives,
    If you really have to try, and don't want to get another boot loader, why not partition one hard drive to 2 parts, and install your dual boot to that.

    Then use your second hard drive as a backup, everyone needs a backup. and most don't.
    i will try to install using a boot loader this sunday , will tell you results later on

Quick Reply Quick Reply

If you are already a member, please login above.

What planet do we live on?

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Microsoft Windows Xp WinStyle MultiBoot 2010 SP3 07.2010
    By ladkvayo in forum Applications and Operating Systems
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: July 26th, 2010, 01:27 AM
  2. Multiboot information
    By Vietster1 in forum Technical Support
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: November 6th, 2009, 06:17 PM
  3. Multiboot XP migration issues
    By brycecohan in forum Applications and Operating Systems
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: March 15th, 2009, 06:44 AM
  4. Multiboot
    By oshy in forum Technical Support
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: March 15th, 2004, 05:26 PM
  5. Multiboot winXP-98 not working.
    By DemonKnight in forum Applications and Operating Systems
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: January 24th, 2002, 11:42 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Copyright 2014 All Enthusiast, Inc