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Xp boot problems with 2 drives

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  • Windows XP
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  • X64
Last response: in Windows XP
September 16, 2009 9:28:58 AM

Hi all

I have pc running xp x64 edition with 2 sata drives installed.
1st drive holds os, 2nd drive hold My Docs.

Originally, the drives were in 2 pc's.
I have reformatted both and installed in a single pc.
Installed xp on 1st drive, 2 drive holds My Docs.

Everything was working fine until I installed asrock cool n quiet.

Now, when i boot up, I get an os choice menu:
Windows XP x64 edition OR
Windows XP (Default).

If I select Windows xp x64 edition, all is ok.
If I select windows (default), then the boot fails with a missing file ntldr.

This is not a major problem, as i can always select the correct os. But annoyingly, if I forget and walk away from the pc whilst booting, the it auto selects the incorrect os.

any ideas? many thanks

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September 16, 2009 1:22:07 PM

Observe the back-up advice and remove the correct line referencing the added boot item.

You will recognise which one you don't want.
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September 17, 2009 11:55:08 AM

many thanks
September 17, 2009 1:05:33 PM

Oh dfear - boot.ini only contains 1 entry - for xp x64 edition.
weird, eh!
any other ideas?
September 17, 2009 1:08:48 PM

boot.ini is this:

[Boot Loader]
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS /usepmtimer
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional x64 Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /usepmtimer
September 18, 2009 5:21:10 PM

Hi and thanks.

I made a mistake in my original post, but I don't think it makes a difference.
The missing file is ntoskrnl.exe

Easybcd download failed to run - not ure if its a x64 bit edition problem, or I downloaded vista version.
Looking for an alternative - but as per boot.ini, there is only one entry listed anyway.