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can't load vista after windows 8 install

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    XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 Ultimate

    can't load vista after windows 8 install


    I installed the windows 8 consumer preview today with no issues but am having trouble getting back onto vista. Every time the machine is restarted or shutdown it automatically loads windows 8. Any suggestions?

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello soundsthesame, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    While in Windows 8, double check using OPTION TWO or OPTION THREE in the tutorial below to see if you have Vista listed. If so, set the to display list of operating systems setting for about 30 seconds. This will give you enough time at boot to be able to select Vista when you like.

    Startup Options - Change Time to Wait before Default OS Runs

    Hopefully you didn't install Windows 8 over Vista by mistake.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 Ultimate


    I think I might have...in the boot tab on msconfig windows 8 is the only option. If I did install 8 over vista which seems to be the case is there any way to go about reversing the damage?
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    Just to help make sure that you didn't, go ahead and post a screenshot of your Disk Management (diskmgmt.msc) window to see if Vista may still be there.

    Otherwise, the only way to restore Vista would be to reinstall it on a second partition or HDD.

    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
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    XP SP3, Vista SP2, Windows 7 Ultimate


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Unfortunately, you did install Windows 8 over Vista on your C: partition.

    Luckily, you're "healthy" recovery partition is still intact to be able to restore Vista back to factory default if you like. This will wipe out Windows 8 though. If interested, the link below from Acer can help show you how to.

    Acer Support: Frequently Asked Questions list for How to use Acer eRecovery


    You really don't have enough space on the HDD to be able to create a new logical partition to install Windows 8 on after doing a factory restore. Adding a second HDD would help for you to be able to install Windows 8 on it instead and leave your Vista HDD intact.
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