How to Install the Vista Bootloader on Windows XP

How to Install the Vista Bootloader on Windows XP

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Since the release of Windows Vista, there has been a lot of buzz about the new bootloader. That’s the kind of buzz that prompted us to create EasyBCD, and it’s the same buzz that’s prompted people to question all over the internet, “Is it feasible to install the new Windows Vista bootloader on a machine that doesn’t have Vista?” Is it possible to make XP use the new Vista bootloader? “How do I get the Vista bootloader on my XP-only computer?”

First and foremost, a disclaimer: You’ll need some licensed Vista files to use the Vista bootloader. The only legal way to obtain these is to have Windows Vista installed lawfully on another system and copy the files. Kapish? Second, the answer is yes; you certainly can. And here’s how you can do it!

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  1. Zip up theC:\Windows\Boot\ folder on a Vista computer.
  2. On your XP machine, extract the compressed files to the same directory. (i.e., your XP system should now have a C:\Windows\Boot\ subdirectory as well).
  3. Get the most recent version of EasyBCD and install it.
  4. Start EasyBCD. It’ll notify you right away that the Vista bootloader isn’t installed when you initially start it up. Then, it will ask if you want to repair it, and you should (obviously) say yes.
  5. When requested for a Vista drive letter, choose the same one as your XP partition — the one where you copied those data previously. Give the letter of the drive with boot.ini and ntldr when asked for the boot drive letter (most likely C:\).
  6. Allow EasyBCD to “repair” your bootloader while you wait for it to complete.
  7. You’ll have a (non-working) entry to boot into Windows Vista after it’s finished; delete it from the “Add/Remove Entries” page and replace it with a new item for Windows XP.
  8. Restart and have fun!

You’ll have the Vista bootloader up and running if you follow these five simple steps (don’t worry about the numbers). After that, it’s entirely up to you what you do with it.


I hope you found this guide useful. If you’ve got any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to use the shape below.

User Questions

1. Is it possible to install Vista on top of XP?

You can only upgrade from certain versions of Windows XP to specific versions of Windows Vista in-place; you can’t upgrade any of the pre-Vista Windows operating systems (including Windows 9x/Me and Windows 2000) to Vista without a clean installation.

2. What is the procedure for changing the bootloader?

BCDEdit (BCDEdit.exe) is a utility provided in Windows that can be used to alter boot parameters. You must be a member of the Administrators group on the computer to use BCDEdit. You can also adjust boot settings with the System Configuration application (MSConfig.exe).

3. Is Vista still a viable option?

Microsoft’s support for Windows Vista has come to an end. There will be no more Vista security patches or bug fixes and no more technical support. Malicious attacks are more likely to target operating systems that are no longer supported than newer operating systems.

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