Automatic Vista boot record repair did not work
Just a note for anyone else doing this, in case it helps: After many trials and installation attempts, I finally have a Vista and XP dual-boot on two separate drives. I went the hard way around, and first had Vista installed on one hard drive, then tried to install XP on the other. Had many problems with the XP install, though mostly not related to already installing Vista. Finally disconnected my Vista hard drive and did a clean install of XP. Then, tried to "repair" the boot record for Vista (following the instructions above). The Vista repair process said it worked, but it didn't (got the "Error Loading Operating System" message at boot). Finally performed the command-line commands (in XP) from John Wilkinson's link above, and that did work. Whew.
(Warning: tirade follows) Once it does work, it's very exciting to be able to choose which OS I want at boot up. Of course, if Vista didn't suck, I would only need that. And if XP had DX10 (this machine is for gaming), I would only have XP. And of course, if games were commonly written for any other platform, I wouldn't have a Windows OS at all.
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