cant multi boot

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Hi

i have 3 partitions on my sata 200 gig hd with WIN2K pro in the 1st
partition - when i installed XP pro in partition 2 i could only boot XP.
after trying win2000 erd and xp erd i reinstalled win2000. then i could only
boot win2000. after trying the above again and bootcfg i still cannot multi
boot. i tried different boot.ini's in both patrtitions and ended up
re-installing again just to be able to boot.

can someone tell me how to get multi boot to function?

TIA

rob
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    You should have had a multiboot with W2K/XP after your XP install. No erd to
    correct this.

    Are you using any kind of boot managers like BootMagic or System commander?
    You didn't mess with the active bit in dealing with the partitions did you?

    What you describe you did is straight forward and should work. Question is
    what is different which resulted in you not having a multiboot.

    It makes total sense that if you installed W2K after XP you would only boot
    W2K. Next time backup the XP versions of ntldr and ntdetect and put them
    back overwritting the w2k versions of those files. The w2k versions can't
    mount XP.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    hi Josh - thanks for the reply...

    i'm not using System Commander or Boot Magic but am considering Boot
    Magic as i am using Partition Magic and have it available. i don't know
    if i messed with the active bit as i am not familiar with it so please
    let me know how to check it.

    rob

    Joshua Bolton wrote:
    > You should have had a multiboot with W2K/XP after your XP install. No erd to
    > correct this.
    >
    > Are you using any kind of boot managers like BootMagic or System commander?
    > You didn't mess with the active bit in dealing with the partitions did you?
    >
    > What you describe you did is straight forward and should work. Question is
    > what is different which resulted in you not having a multiboot.
    >
    > It makes total sense that if you installed W2K after XP you would only boot
    > W2K. Next time backup the XP versions of ntldr and ntdetect and put them
    > back overwritting the w2k versions of those files. The w2k versions can't
    > mount XP.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    Joshua Bolton wrote:
    > You should have had a multiboot with W2K/XP after your XP install. No erd to
    > correct this.
    >
    > Are you using any kind of boot managers like BootMagic or System commander?
    > You didn't mess with the active bit in dealing with the partitions did you?
    >
    > What you describe you did is straight forward and should work. Question is
    > what is different which resulted in you not having a multiboot.
    >
    > It makes total sense that if you installed W2K after XP you would only boot
    > W2K. Next time backup the XP versions of ntldr and ntdetect and put them
    > back overwritting the w2k versions of those files. The w2k versions can't
    > mount XP.

    hi Josh - thanks for the reply...

    i'm not using System Commander or Boot Magic but am considering Boot
    Magic as i am using Partition Magic and have it available. i don't know
    if i messed with the active bit as i am not familiar with it so please
    let me know how to check it.

    rob
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    promicro wrote:
    > Joshua Bolton wrote:
    >
    >> You should have had a multiboot with W2K/XP after your XP install. No
    >> erd to correct this.
    >>
    >> Are you using any kind of boot managers like BootMagic or System
    >> commander? You didn't mess with the active bit in dealing with the
    >> partitions did you?
    >>
    >> What you describe you did is straight forward and should work.
    >> Question is what is different which resulted in you not having a
    >> multiboot.
    >>
    >> It makes total sense that if you installed W2K after XP you would only
    >> boot W2K. Next time backup the XP versions of ntldr and ntdetect and
    >> put them back overwritting the w2k versions of those files. The w2k
    >> versions can't mount XP.
    >
    >
    > hi Josh - thanks for the reply...
    >
    > i'm not using System Commander or Boot Magic but am considering Boot
    > Magic as i am using Partition Magic and have it available. i don't know
    > if i messed with the active bit as i am not familiar with it so please
    > let me know how to check it.
    >
    > rob
    >
    >
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