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Change Vista Dual boot order

I have just installed XP first and then Vista on two separate partitions so that I may dual boot.

All I want to do is change the Windows Boot Manager to boot to XP by default (instead of Vista) and decrease the timer a little bit.

Anyone know how to edit this?  boot.ini?
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Go to Start -> Run -> type MSCONFIG.EXE and hit Enter key -> Boot.ini tab -> you can change the timer and change which is the default OS to boot there.
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Ok, I see it and the timer.  Great information.

However, XP is not listed as an OS option, only Vista.

Since I installed XP first and then Vista, do you know how I can "register" XP so that I may set it to default?
I don't see how you can get into XP without it being listed.  Did you look at the entire list of contents of Boot.ini ?  It is a scroll box...   However, if it is really not listed, then click on the button for Check all boot paths.
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Good question.  I do not know, however I can boot into both.  The Windows Boot Manager says Earlier Version of Windows and Vista as my options.  XP and Vista both boot fine.

I do not see the scroll box for a button for Check all boot paths.  There is only a boot tab.  See below.

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You are correct, I was using the Vista msconfig.exe.  I have now run it in XP (on the same system here) and I see the Check Paths button and the timeout.  However, only XP is listed as the OS.

Remember that I created two separate partitions to install these OSs and both see each other as Drive C: in windows.

This is kind of weird.  See screen shot below for XP MSCONFIG.exe

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Well, it appears the Vista bootloader is somehow being used to give you the choice between Vista and the "earlier version of Windows."  You will need to use the BCDEDIT instructions from my last link, OR you might try using this free bootloader, which I believe you would install in XP, since that was your initial system boot drive:

http://www.vistabootpro.com
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Before I go off testing and report back:
Do you think installing Vista first would make a difference and "register" properly?
No, it is more complicated if you install Vista first, because then you have to go through some repair steps after installing XP because then your pc will only boot into XP, ignoring Vista.
romatlo, how is it going?
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I wish it was easy.  I have not had a chance yet to run through all of the articles and instructions.  I will accept your solution.  Thanks for the help!