Windows XP won't bootup to desktop(normal window)

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phl02

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Hello all

I have one problem, but I can't solve it. I need someone here to help me.

I have two harddisks, one for WINXP(Primary Slave) and another one for WIN98(Primary Master, that sets for removable drive). Before the WINXP won't bootup to reach the desktop window, I run each one in seperate is fined. But after I connected the removable(WIN98) ddrive into the system. This worked fine with windows 98. When I finished use with the removable (WIN98) drive, I shut down and turn off the system, then I took out the removable disk out. Later, I press the power on to let the system start up with WINXP (which is already place inside (primary slave)). At here the problem is coming up : it boot up, but it won't ever reach the desktop window. Then it continue restart the system again and again, and never get to desktop window. Even I set the jumper to back to primary master, it still has the same problem.

Anyone has any idea why it happened and how to fix it. Please let me know.

Thank you very much for your help.
 
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The Windows XP System partition, which are hidden boot files, such as boot.ini must be located on the Primary Master. In your case it's the Win98 hard drive. Removing it and you cannot boot.
 

phl02

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hello Dan

It is still same problem though, when the win98 hard disk is not take out.
 
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I suspect the System Parition has gotten damaged and need to be repaired. From a MS-DOS mode or prompt type: sys c:
This will re-initialize the system files. Then reboot, restart your computer by using the Windows XP Setup disks or CD. During Setup, select R to repair Windows.

I recommend you don't make the C: drive removable. I have a PC setup with XP on a removable drive and Windows 98 on C: fixed. With the boot manager being on C: it allow me to change the OS by switch hard drives, such as to Linux or 2000. It works great for me.
 
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You're welcome. Did it work? I would like to mark this as solved if it did.

Happy Holidays.
 
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