dual boot xp/vista

  rounddancer 11:06 01 Jan 2011

I've lost the ability to dual boot xp and vista on my laptop. I don't know how this happened. Both systems as options on bootup, but only xp option works. Can I overcome this problem somehow, without completly re-installing either or both systems. None of my Acronis system backups restores the working dual boot.
Can anyone help, please.

  stormrider123 12:04 01 Jan 2011

Hi when you boot into vista does it give you some sort of error message or does it just hang at a black screen

  Terry Brown 12:23 01 Jan 2011

Goto RUN and type in MSCONFIG
Click the Boot.ini option
Run 'Check all boot paths'

That should find and corect the problem.

  rounddancer 10:31 04 Jan 2011

To stormrider123: I get no error message, it just hangs at a black screen. Any suggestions?
To Terry Brown: I tried your suggestion and get a message:- It appears that the following line in the BOOT.INI file does not refer to a valid operating system - 'multi(0)disk(0)prtitition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows Vista"/noexecute=optin /fastdetect -
Would you like to remove it from the BOOT.INI file?
This is a line I put into BOOT.INI when I first lost the option to boot into Vista, having looked at several websites for ideas. Without that line, it boots straight into XP. Any further ideas?

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