Vista Quirks and Bugs
A brief summary of the main issues that it is worth being aware of before you install Vista. A few are just annoying, but others can lead to lost partitions and data.
Vista's New Partitioning Rules
Details on the new partitioning scheme and how it can cause problems with dual or multibooting and imaging and cloning.
Vista's MBR Disk Signature
The Disk Signature is now an integral part of the Vista boot process and so needs to be maintained, particularly when imaging or cloning to other hard drives.
Vista's Boot Files - bootmgr and BCD
An examination of how the bootmgr and BCD files operate and how they find the OS to be booted. The disk signature and the offset of a Vista partition are crucial to their operation.
How and when Vista decides to configure its own bootmanager with other OSes on the computer. What changes are made to another Windows OS and how to reverse these changes. How to install Vista as a fully independent OS without its bootmanager being placed inside another Windows install.
Solutions to the problems of cloning or moving Vista to other partitions or drives.
Drive Letter Problems
How to recover a Vista clone or image that won’t boot to the normal full desktop because the Windows drive letter has become changed.
Vista Tested Boot Managers
Details on some third-party bootmanagers tested with Vista.
Vista Boot Floppy
How to make a Boot Floppy that works for Vista.
Guide to the Multiboot Process
A straightforward introductory guide to the boot process in general and the Vista dual and multiboot method of operation. Goes on to cover how to avoid the pitfalls of the Microsoft way of multibooting and how third-party bootmanagers operate.
System and Boot Partition
Just a brief explanation of what the Windows System and Boot partitions are and how to determine which is which.