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Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jsmason00, Feb 18, 2003.

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  1. jsmason00

    jsmason00 Thread Starter

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    I have win 2000 & win xp. I partition/formatted the hard drives. I have done this before and when the computer starts it would always give me the option to pick which OS I wanted to use. We'll that luxury is no longer! Win2000 starts no matter what. I tried making a startup disk on a friends winxp system. It said it was a "ms-dos startup disk" and it didn't help at all. Any ideas?
     
  2. Dan O

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    You need to edit your Boot.ini and add XP.

    e.g.,
    [boot loader]
    timeout=15
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINXP
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINXP="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

    Boot.ini is a system, hidden, read-only file so you will have to change its attributes, edit it, and change them back to what they were.
     
  3. jsmason00

    jsmason00 Thread Starter

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    Can't find boot.ini. I hit "show all files" in folder options and did a search "*.ini" and can't find it.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    You need to show system files to see BOOT.INI, trust me, it's in the root of C: :)
     
  5. jsmason00

    jsmason00 Thread Starter

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    OKAY, I did that. When the computer boots it allows me to select, but when I select winxp it says:

    Windows2000 could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
    Could not read from the selected boot disk. check boot path and disk hardware.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Well, now we need to know what drive and partition that the 2K and XP installation is on, so we know for sure what to put into BOOT.INI. :) Also, the startup files may be damaged on the XP startup, it's hard to say without knowing what the configuration is.
     
  7. jsmason00

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    I appreciate your help, I will have to get that information at a later time. My laptop is gone for a few days getting a cdrw installed. I know what drive the OS's are on, but I am not exactly sure what information you need on the partition or where to find it. Also, where can I find the config info for XP's startup files?
     
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