Tip sheet for configuring a system to dual-boot XP Embedded and another OS

I found a really useful tip article that Sean Liming wrote about configuring a system to dual-boot a desktop Windows OS and Windows XP Embedded (for testing and possibly deployment purposes).  You can find the tip article here and other useful information on his main site.

For those of you who don't know him, Sean is a Windows XP Embedded MVP and he also wrote the extremely useful book Windows XP Embedded Advanced (which I highly recommend by the way - in fact, when I joined the Windows Embedded team at Microsoft, this book was the first one given to me by my manager to ramp up on our team's features).


Comments (3)
  1. davidr says:

    Seems like a well thought out paper – I put an XPE image in the 2nd partition of a w2k test system. The XPE boot started and progressed to the end of the starting progress bar where it hung. I followed the paper closely and tried different drive letters — but no difference.   — I am stumped – It looks like drivers are loaded from the image, but FBA is not reached (no logs).  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Michael W says:

    I am having the same problem as davidr.  Any help would be appreciated

  3. Hi David and Michael – There are some partition settings that you need to make sure you configure when you build your embedded image in Target Designer.  I would suggest verifying that you have correctly set your Target Device Settings (figure 1 in Sean’s PDF linked above).  Specifically, I have made the mistake in the past of not changing the Boot ARC Path, it is an easy one to miss.  Note that if you want to put XPE on a secondary partition but your boot partition is still C that you do NOT need to change the Boot drive like Sean shows in his PDF – I have also learned that one the hard way  🙂

    Hope this helps.  If you still have issues, I would suggest following up with the folks who post on http://blogs.msdn.com/embedded.

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