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Vista not showing up as an option in dual boot

  1. #1

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    Vista - Windows 8

    Vista not showing up as an option in dual boot


    I decided to upgrade my current PC (running on Vista) with a SSD drive.

    I also bought windows 8 and installed in on this drive.
    I changed the boot order in my bios so my SSD drive comes first.
    I was expecting to have a dual boot option at start-up but this option doens't show up.

    When I go to system configuration I also see the 'windows 8' that is installed on the C-drive.

    Is it still possible to add my Vista on the D-drive to this list?

    Tnx in advance.

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  2. #2

    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello OldEvil1, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    If you upgraded from Vista to Windows 8, then Windows 8 formatted and replaced your Vista.

    Not to mention, that if you purchased an upgrade copy of Windows 8 with your Vista as the qualifying OS, then you are not suppose to use your Vista product key if you have Windows 8 installed as per the EULA below.

    What about upgrading the software?

    The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.

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  3. #3

    Posts : 9
    Vista - Windows 8


    I'm not completly sure I understand.

    I indeed bought a 30€ digital copy of windows 8.
    I wanted a 'clean' windows install and I disconnected my old drives during the installation process, so only my new SSD drive was connected.

    After windows 8 was installed I reconnected all my old drives again in the hope I could get a dual boot working untill I feel confident I have everything working in windows 8.

    Are you saying what I want to do is not possible? (and I will physically need to disconnect the SSD drive when I want to start up my vista version)?
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  4. #4

    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    If you want to Dual boot Vista & Windows 8, you need a full license for both.
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