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How to change voot partition in a Mutiboot XP?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by elx, Oct 7, 2008.

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  1. elx

    elx Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2008
    Hi All,
    I have a PC with 2 disk SATA, with 4 partition.
    Any disk has a partition with an XP instance and another partition for data.
    Recently I re-installed one of XP instances, unfortunately the one hosting boot.ini and so on.
    At the end of the installation, Windows I found this situation:

    Window sets as boor partition one of the data partition
    I have boot.ini, ntloader,... on this partition
    The re-installed XP instance has system files

    I would like to move boot partition to one of the partitions hosting XP instances, needing to clean data partition sonmetime.
    How to do this?
  2. shinybeast


    Sep 29, 2008
    Not sure I understand you completely. To boot XPs:

    1. Ntldr, boot.ini, and ntdetect.com must be in the root of the drive you want to boot off of.
    2. That drive must be active drive. Giving it highest priority in BIOS (hard disk boot priority setting) should do it.
    3. For multiple XPs, boot.ini must be given the info on where the XPs are. Edit boot.ini to set a default boot and list the XP installations, if neccessary.

    I'm sure you can find the syntax for boot.ini and how to change the BIOS setting, if necessary, by doing a little googling. I'd be happy to try and help you if you need more help.
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