dual booting with 2000& XP

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wcopel

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Help, I have two hard drives and I was using XP Pro on one hard drive and the other was for storage, I loaded 2000 advance sever on the other after formatting. Everything went okay. C drive is XP 20gigs D drive is 2000 adv. server 30 gigs. Problem although I set xp as my default OP Sys. I can't get it to boot to xp. It will boot to 2000 I can see all the contents of C drive when I boot to 2000. Please help. Thanks. The reason for dual booting I need practice with a 2000 domain. Thanks
 
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With a dual boot system, you should be given the option of which OS you want to boot into, before any of them load. If you aren't seeing this option screen, you can change the settings so you do. The settings can be found in: Control Panel -> System -> Advanced -> Start Up and Recovery (in your win2k)

There, you can select how long you have to decide which OS you want to boot, and how long it will wait until it loads one by default. It sounds to me, you have your win2k set as /fastdetect which loads it immediately at boot. You'll want to deselect that option, and select the option that allows you to view all your installed OS's with a 30 second (or so) time limit so that if none are selected, it will boot into the one you've set it to.
 

crjdriver

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Ok when you installed win2kAS it overwrote the boot files that xp needs to boot. We can fix this one of two ways.

First option; repair the boot sector manually; here are the instructions.

1. Boot your computer with the Windows XP CD. When prompted to Setup or Repair, choose Repair. In the Recovery Console, enter the following commands:
2. FIXBOOT, answer Yes
3. CD \
4. ATTRIB -H NTLDR
5. ATTRIB -S NTLDR
6. ATTRIB -R NTLDR
7. ATTRIB -H NTDETECT.COM
8. ATTRIB -S NTDETECT.COM
9. ATTRIB -R NTDETECT.COM
10. COPY X:\I386\NTLDR C:\
11. COPY X:\I386\NTDETECT.COM C:\
X is the letter of your cd drive

Next option is to do a repair install of xp; this will also repair the boot files for you.
1) Boot with your xp cd and choose to install not repair.
2) Next menu will find any previous xp install and offer to repair it for you; let it do so.
3) After a repair install of xp, you will need to reapply sp1, DirectX updates, any patches or hot fixes. Note I also reinstall chipset / mb drivers and reinstall the video driver.
 

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I should have included that to do a repair [first option] you will need the admin password. If you did not install xp on this computer, leave the password field blank. If you are sure you know the password then use it.
 
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