The partition that hosts Windows Vista may disappear if you use Windows XP to create a partition on a computer that has both Windows XP and Windows Vista installed

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SYMPTOMS

If you use Microsoft Windows XP to create a new partition on a computer that has both Windows XP and Windows Vista installed, the partition that hosts Windows Vista may disappear.

CAUSE

This problem may be caused by a error in Logical Disk Manager. If the partition that hosts Windows Vista was created during the installation of Windows Vista, a 1-megabyte (MB) alignment boundary is created on the partition. This alignment boundary differs from the alignment boundary that is created by Windows XP. Therefore, when you use Windows XP to create a new partition, the different alignments may cause this problem.

WORKAROUND

To work around this problem, do not use Windows XP to create a partition on a computer that also has Windows Vista installed.

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Article ID: 931854 - Last Review: February 12, 2007 - Revision: 1.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows XP Professional
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
  • Windows Vista Business
  • Windows Vista Enterprise
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • Windows Vista Home Basic
  • Windows Vista Starter
  • Windows Vista Ultimate
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