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Boot Vista from Grub

Many of us use a multiboot computer running different OS, like Vista, XP and Linux.

Sometimes, it is quite hard to  have one bootloader that manage all the OS using the same interface.

Here is a simple trick that I have found here :

http://linuxfr.org/neox/23406.html

This procedure is to use when you want to boot Vista from Grub

  • Install Linux
  • Install Vista
    Grub will be lost but no other choices here…
  • Grab the utility from the http://www.vistabootpro.org/ web site and uninstall the Vista boot loader
  • Restore your Grub bootloader
  • Then modify your Grub entry to use the MAP option. MAP is used to make Vista beleive that it is installed on the 0,0 disk
    Here is the section of Grub where Vista is on the X partition of the 0 disk drive

    title Windows Vista
    map (hd0,X) (hd0,0)
    map (hd0,0) (hd0,X)
    root (hd0,0)
    chainloader +1

Update:

Well, after all, I didn’t even have to use this trick, seems that :

  • Install XP
  • Install Vista
  • Troubleshoot missing file on the vista partition (grrr)
  • Install Linux

does the trick. Wonderfull!

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