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Dual boot XP with Win2000SP4 - XP boots, Win2k NOT

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Anonymous
October 14, 2004 9:10:44 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup_upgrade (More info?)

Hi,

I installed XP Pro on drive K: and accepted that it be converted to NTFS.
XP boots and runs fine. However, selecting Windows 2000 from the boot menu
shows an immediate error complaining abouit a file in
Windows2000/System/config or somewhere (I'm not at this location to see it
now) and suggests I use the R option to fix it.

I'd like advice on this before I do it, since I've seen a few horror
stories about the repair stuff.

My original plan was to install XP Pro to make sure my older hardware is
supported, then possibly remove that install on K ans either do a clean
install or an upgrade.

I suppose I *should* do a clean install on a machine that has hundreds of
programs and years of life with other mothorboards, etc, but then I hate
to have to reinstall all those applications.

1) Any help on the dual boot problem?

2) Any recommendations about clean vs. upgrade install?

thx
Anonymous
October 15, 2004 12:47:03 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup_upgrade (More info?)

If the system hive is corrupt, and assuming you already tried LKG, It may be
possible to rename the system hive found in
%windir%\system32\config\system
to system.old
then rename
%windir%\system32\config\system.alt
to
%windir%\system32\config\system

You can also try using the most recent backup found in
%windir%\repair\regback

If that fails you haven't much choice but to copy/ use the
original-as-installed system hive from
%windir%\repair\system
to
%windir%\system32\config\system
You'll need to reinstall the device drivers for any hardware added since the
original OS install.

To start the Recovery Console, start the computer from the Windows 2000
Setup CD or the Windows 2000 Setup floppy disks. If you do not have Setup
floppy disks and your computer cannot start from the Windows 2000 Setup CD,
use another Windows 2000-based computer to create the Setup floppy disks.
Press ENTER at the "Setup Notification" screen. Press R to repair a Windows
2000 installation, and then press C to use the Recovery Console. The
Recovery Console then prompts you for the administrator password. If you do
not have the correct password, Recovery Console does not allow access to the
computer. If an incorrect password is entered three times, the Recovery
Console quits and restarts the computer. Note If the registry is corrupted
or missing or no valid installations are found, the Recovery Console starts
in the root of the startup volume without requiring a password. You cannot
access any folders, but you can carry out commands such as chkdsk, fixboot,
and fixmbr for limited disk repairs. Once the password has been validated,
you have full access to the Recovery Console, but limited access to the hard
disk. You can only access the following folders on your computer:
%systemroot% and %windir%

Since you have Windows XP you can do the file copy from the XP boot.

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

"BlueRinse" wrote:
| Hi,
|
| I installed XP Pro on drive K: and accepted that it be converted to NTFS.
| XP boots and runs fine. However, selecting Windows 2000 from the boot menu
| shows an immediate error complaining abouit a file in
| Windows2000/System/config or somewhere (I'm not at this location to see it
| now) and suggests I use the R option to fix it.
|
| I'd like advice on this before I do it, since I've seen a few horror
| stories about the repair stuff.
|
| My original plan was to install XP Pro to make sure my older hardware is
| supported, then possibly remove that install on K ans either do a clean
| install or an upgrade.
|
| I suppose I *should* do a clean install on a machine that has hundreds of
| programs and years of life with other mothorboards, etc, but then I hate
| to have to reinstall all those applications.
|
| 1) Any help on the dual boot problem?
|
| 2) Any recommendations about clean vs. upgrade install?
|
| thx
Anonymous
October 15, 2004 8:04:32 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup_upgrade (More info?)

On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 20:47:03 -0600, Dave Patrick wrote:

<good advice snipped>

Thanks for the reply. I was at the office way before it was posted though,
and I tried booting from the Win2000 CD and the R then F option. It
worked, predictably setting "back the clock" on a lot of installed
software :( 

Most is easily re-installable but I'm having issues with Office 2000 and
Mappoint, both are acting badly when I try to fix or uninstall.
The Mappoint install CD request keeps coming up when I didn't ask for
anything to dow with.

God it's a pain to have to find the originals to UNinstall Office. I have
a bunch of CDs and none of them are accepted though I'm certain one of
them *was* the original install. I suppose I could redownload the MSDN
version.

I think I'll have to bite the bullet now though, and do a clean install
of XP as things look to be getting corrupted.
Anonymous
October 15, 2004 8:04:33 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.setup_upgrade (More info?)

Probably the software hive was also replaced so the only software that would
still have registration entries would be that that was installed before the
date of the last registry backup.

--
Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

"BlueRinse" wrote:
| Thanks for the reply. I was at the office way before it was posted though,
| and I tried booting from the Win2000 CD and the R then F option. It
| worked, predictably setting "back the clock" on a lot of installed
| software :( 
|
| Most is easily re-installable but I'm having issues with Office 2000 and
| Mappoint, both are acting badly when I try to fix or uninstall.
| The Mappoint install CD request keeps coming up when I didn't ask for
| anything to dow with.
|
| God it's a pain to have to find the originals to UNinstall Office. I have
| a bunch of CDs and none of them are accepted though I'm certain one of
| them *was* the original install. I suppose I could redownload the MSDN
| version.
|
| I think I'll have to bite the bullet now though, and do a clean install
| of XP as things look to be getting corrupted.
!