Windows Vista forum: How to use Partition Magic, Boot Magic, Powerquest

by: YankeesNYwins March 21, 2007 10:59 AM PDT

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How to use Partition Magic, Boot Magic, Powerquest

by YankeesNYwins - 3/21/07 10:59 AM

Drive Image and Norton Ghost with Vista.

To make a long story short, "I can do anything with Windows Vista that I did with Windows XP."

Ask me specific questions and I'll tell you what to do.

I had four Vista partitions booting with boot magic.
I had three XP and one Vista booting with boot magic.
I had one Vista and two XP booting with boot magic.
I can save a drive image of Vista and restore it easily.

And on and on and on.

Or I don't have to install boot magic, just go to the operating system I want to boot to by opening partition magic and setting the partition active..anyone of them...Vista, XP whatever.

But, to get out Vista you have to boot the boot magic floppy and choose the XP and set the partition active you want to boot to. This is only because Vista refuses to load Partition Magic. It installs OK but it is forbidden to run.

After reading the titles on this site it really bothers me that so many are upset with Vista and going back to XP.

I love Vista, it is spectacular work.

People want to believe that Microsoft wants you to suffer and that is wrong. Vista is great work.

Take control and learn what you can do.

Right now I am doing another test on Vista. I have three partitions, Vista on #1, XP on #2, and XP on #3.

I boot to anyone using boot magic.

I just saved a copy of the Vista Drive with Powerquest Drive Image to an external hard drive and am going to restore it on top of one of the XP partitions and see if I can boot to it.

I am sure I can because Vista DVD has a great repair feature that quickly rebuilds the boot ini.

No longer do you have to load Windows and choose bootcfg /rebuild.

OK, I had my say, just dont shout me down before you try it yourself and prove I am correct.

I posted these ideas on another site and got wasted to the recycle bin.

Moderator flat out said "Vista" is NOT compatible with Partition Magic or boot magic or powerquest drive image or any of these third party hard drive software utilities.

NOT TRUE.

Advice for anyone buying a computer with Vista on it and you don't get a DVD of the operating sytem.
Follow Vista's method to shrink the volume and install XP and then install the software I listed above and save a drive image of the Vista operating system to an external hard drive so you can use it as a recovery disk. But you have to restore it over top of the installed operating system so it boots right.

There is a lot more to what I have discovered but I think you get the idea.

Let the spin begin.

Disclaimer: The EULA only allows you to install one copy of a operating system to use.

I am only experimenting with the hard drive and drive images and am not using any of these operating systems.

In fact, as I move to the next test I format or delete the partition to test something else.

I, in no way recommend violating the EULA. Microsoft is a great company and they take a beating from jealous companies and countries.

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