DUAL BOOT ISSUE

  • mock
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Post 3+ Months Ago

Bah, dammit! Having some problems getting WinXP to boot.

Here is the scenario:

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I installed PartitionMagic 8 on winXP

Divided my (NTFS) partition into four partitions (Fat,Swap,NTFS, and Ext2)

Fat- created this for BOOTMAGIC so I could boot from two different OS. (200mb)

SWAP- doubled my RAM, for Linux RH8 (1024mb)

NTFS- for WinXP (like 50 gigs)

Ext2- for Linux RH8 (like 24 gigs)

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Next, I installed BootMagic

Installed Linux by creating seperate partitions for /boot,/ etc.

When I was installing Linux RH8 I chose not to use LiLO or Grub for the boot program because I figured BootMagic would work fine.

Grub (even though I disabled the use of LiLo or Grub) magically managed to override BootMagic.

I can get to Lin RH8 fine, but I cannot figure out how to get back to WinXP.

I tried to boot to XP with the XP installation disk but I don't think that is possible.

Is there a path (via command prompt) that I can use to locate WinXP's Boot.ini file?


Also, I have googled it like crazy..... :(
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  • rjstephens
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did you create bootmagic rescue disks? If so, you should be able to at least boot to WinXP from those even if bootmagic is not on your PC. If not, you should have a linux utility on the CD to create them. My copy of partition magic 4 had that functionality.
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//moved
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you killed the boot.ini file, which is normally hidden, when you changed your partitions around. Information and solutions can be found at:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -us;330184

http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -US;289022

Ive had this happen before, and found the solution in the M$ knowledge base and somewhere else I cant remember. If this doesnt solve your problem, let me know and Ill look back in my stuff to find what I did.
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Post 3+ Months Ago

jfvb1225 wrote:
you killed the boot.ini file, which is normally hidden, when you changed your partitions around. Information and solutions can be found at:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -us;330184

http://support.microsoft.com/default.as ... -US;289022

Ive had this happen before, and found the solution in the M$ knowledge base and somewhere else I cant remember. If this doesnt solve your problem, let me know and Ill look back in my stuff to find what I did.



TY so much bro, the first link got it! you the man!
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You're welcome. I'm glad it solved your problem. I've gotten a lot of SEO help from this forum, so its nice for me as well to pay that back by helping out when I can. :wink:

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