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    installed Win2000, cant access XP


    Hello people,

    Ive got a 30G HD, i have XP on it and used Partition magic 7 to create a partition for windows 2000 (15G for XP and 15G for windows 2000 Pro).

    That worked fine but after i installed windows 2000 pro there is no sign of XP and the drive on 'my computer' says 15G ???????

    I cant get windows 2000 to show the partition (15G with XP on)

    can anyone help as i badly need to get XP back

    thankyou in advanced
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    Got the drive back, how do i make it duel boot


    Hello again,

    Ive just reinstalled partition magic 7 and the drive with XP on was hidden, can anyone tell me how to make them duel boot, ive tried editing the boot.ini file but i always get an error message, Do i just make the drive active instead of none??????

    Thankyou in advanced
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    This is just a shot in the dark, but maybe the NTFS version of XP is not backwards-compatible with that of 2000.
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    jonsagara: shooting in the dark is fun, so I'd say that both use NTFS5.

    jeffersno1:
    The boot.ini format for 2K/XP entries is
    Code:
    multi(0)disk(x)rdisk(y)partition(z)\windir="label"
    Did you put the correct values there? Like
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    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Win XP"
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Win 2K"
    (If the %windir% is different, change it; change only one entry at a time so you can boot the other one if it goes wrong.)

    HTH
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    jonsagara: shooting in the dark is fun, so I'd say that both use NTFS5.

    Good. At least one of us knows what we're talking about.
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    realnowhereman:

    ive just tried what you suggested but when the duel boot screen appeared the following error was displayed:

    Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    <Windows 2000 root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
    please re-install a copy of the above file

    my boot.ini file is:

    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Win XP"

    Do i have to change anything in the default section???

    Thankyou in advanced
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    Originally posted by jeffersno1
    duel boot screen
    One ... two ... three ... four ... five ... six ... seven ... eight ... nine ... ten! <BANG> Aaaarrgh!

    Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
    <Windows 2000 root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe
    please re-install a copy of the above file
    Did it really say "<Windows 2000 root>"?

    boot.ini file:
    Code:
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Win XP"
    Looks OK Perhaps wrong partition numbers or directories?
    Do i have to change anything in the default section???
    I don't think so.
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    Sorry, when the duel boot screen appeared,booting windows 2000 was ok, it only happened when attempting to boot XP.

    i think i should do a repair on XP so that XP will sort out the duel boot maybe?

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    WINDOWS
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    Got the hint but it still doesnt work
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    realnowhereman:
    Erm, still same message? (Btw, does it really say "<Windows 2000 root>"?)

    Yes it does,

    Ive just looked in partition magic and only windows 2000 is "active"
    XP is "none"

    Is it ok to change this XP to "active"??

    Thanks for all your help by the way

    Im editing the win 2K boot.ini file
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