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i wanted to try out vista 64 for curiosity and i cant seem to get the installer to work.
I all ready have a Dual boot system with Xp and vista 32.

But i get 2 Error messages which prevent me from doing so;
1) under windows vista 32 i get the following;
"Error opening file.
The Operating system denied access to the specified file.
f:\sources\x64\sources\setup.exe"

2) if i boot of the vista install disc i get another error message which i cant remember right now but it says something about windows having a problem with a connected device.

So is it possible and how?
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Easy.   Just install Boot-It NG [http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/bootit-next-generation.htm ] as the boot manager (which is also a superb partition manager, image, and restore tool) and install the OS's independently => it's much better than the Windows boot manager anyway ... and lets all of the OS's be isolated from each other (eliminating any chance of one system corrupting another).   Here's a simple example of what you can do with it [This menu's a couple months out-of-date ... I now have XP x64 and Vista Home Premium installed in addition to all those already shown here:


MyBootMenu.jpg
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yeah i suspect the boot loader/manager is causing me problems.  Are you saying i need reinstall my windows operating systems? the 2 i have at the moment are installed on the same drive with 2 paritions.

I should point out that error im getting when i boot of the vista disc and try to run the vista 64 setup is

Status 0xC00000e9
"Windows encountered a problem communicating with a device connected to your computer.  this error can be caused by unplugging a removable storage device while the device is in use."
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You may just have a bad installation DVD ... but regardless, I much prefer having a good boot manager that totally isolates all of the OS's (they aren't even "aware" of each other).

You don't have to reinstall your current OS's to do that => the best way is to first free up a bit of space on the drive (so Boot-It can install to a dedicated partition ... just 8MB); then install Boot-It; set up boot items for your current OS's;  resize the current partitions to free up space for the new OS;  and then install the OS.   Sounds much more complex than it is :-)   I've got one older system with 16 bootable OS's :-)   [Everything from DOS v3.2 up through a couple instances of XP and a few flavors of Linux]

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You are right, i tried out the disc on virtual PC 2007 and the same problem happened so its the disc.
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