One of the problems using any Windows system is that if you wish to dual boot, you normally would have to install the old OS first, then the new OS to take advantage of Microsofts boot menu. But for those who have a Vista box and want to install XP, there is a simple boot manger you can try. The best part is that it is free. Over at VistaBootPro they describe their product as:

Chances are you’re here because you’re running Windows Vista and want to do one of two things. Install a second OS or manage your boot configuration without directly editing the BCDEdit file. As you likely now realize, Windows Vista has made this task somewhat complicated for most users. VistaBootPRO was developed to make changes to the Windows Vista Boot Configuration Data (BCD) registry quickly and easily, doing the job in a fraction of the time it would take using the alternative. The only other way to edit the BCD is to use the command prompt application “bcdedit.exe,” located in the Windows\system32 folder of Windows Vista, which requires users to become familiar with the ins and outs of the bcdedit.exe switches and options, leaving many frustrated users in its path. VistaBootPRO allows users to easily and neatly organize their boot configuration entries from within all flavors of Windows.

So now that you know why the program might be useful for you and/or your business, you’re probably wondering about the support for this application. PROnetworks was a community built on free support, and VistaBootPRO is no different. At anytime, day or night, you can always receive Online Tech Support.

I have tried VistaBootPro on several systems and found it simple to use and it works great. I encountered no problems using the software. So if you need to add a OS to a Vista box, I would recommend giving VistaBootPro a try.

You can read about about the software from here and also get yourself a free copy.

If you do encounter any problems they also offer free tech. support for their software.

Comments welcome.

[tags]vista, microsoft, boot, manager, [/tags]