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Complete freeze when I select an OS from boot menu

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by spoovy, Jan 28, 2011.

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  1. spoovy

    spoovy Thread Starter

    Jan 28, 2011
    I did have a working installation of Windows XP SP3 on sda1, and Debian GNU/Linux on sda3. I decided to multi-boot Windows Server 2003 RC2 on a spare partition (sda5).

    Initially the W2K3 installer picked up XP but not Debian - as I expected - leaving me with a choice of XP or W2K3 when I rebooted. W2K3 booted fine, but XP took a long time to get to desktop, about three minutes. But it did get there in the end.

    I reinstalled grub(2) to the MBR as I always planned to do, knowing that it would pick up the active Windows installation (still XP as it turns out).

    It did pick it up. So when booting I now get a grub menu with two choices - "Debian" or "Windows (loader)". The Debian option boots Debian fine. The "Windows (loader)" option takes me to a submenu with XP and W2K3 on. This menu worked, ONCE - to load XP - but since I closed that session the Windows boot submenu no longer works.

    Now when I get to the submenu I can move between the options with arrow keys, but as soon as I try to select one or the other the screen freezes. No ability to do anything to recover. I can press F8 to select recovery options but it always takes me back to the boot submenu and the freezing problem again.

    I currently can't get into XP or W2K3, so any help on this very much appreciated.

    Thanks in advance



    my boot.ini from XP -

    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Enterprise" /noexecute=optout /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noexecute=alwaysoff
  2. spoovy

    spoovy Thread Starter

    Jan 28, 2011
    Sorted this in the end by reinstalling W3K3 over the existing installation without reformatting it first. Must've replaced a corrupted boot file or somthing, and I kept all my files and settings.
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