Solved

Triple Boot XP, Vista 32 and Vista 64

Posted on 2008-06-20
4
750 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-29
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?
0
Comment
Question by:gerrymcd
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
  • 2
4 Comments
 
LVL 70

Expert Comment

by:garycase
ID: 21835383
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   Here's a simple example of what you can do with it [This menu's a couple months out-of-date ...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
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:gerrymcd
ID: 21835569
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."
0
 
LVL 70

Accepted Solution

by:
garycase earned 125 total points
ID: 21835765
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]

0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:gerrymcd
ID: 21837446
You are right, i tried out the disc on virtual PC 2007 and the same problem happened so its the disc.
0

Featured Post

Don't Miss ATEN at InfoComm 2017!

Visit booth #2167 to see the  new ATEN VM3200 32 x 32 Modular Matrix Switch. Other highlights include the VE8950 4K HDMI Over IP Extender, VS1912 12-Port DP Video Wall Media Player  and VK2100 ATEN Control System. Register now with Free Pass Code ATEN288!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

This article summaries thoughts and ideas from two years of sustained use. It provides good reasoning to make the jump to Windows 10.
Sometimes clients can lose connectivity with the Lotus Notes Domino Server, but there's not always an obvious answer as to why it happens.   Read this article to follow one of the first experiences I had with Lotus Notes on a client's machine, my…
As developers, we are not limited to the functions provided by the VBA language. In addition, we can call the functions that are part of the Windows operating system. These functions are part of the Windows API (Application Programming Interface). U…
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows DVD Burner through its features and interface. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.

689 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question