Xp boot problems with 2 drives

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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  1. Modify the boot.ini file so there is only the OS you want to boot to... there is only the XP x64?

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022
  2. Observe the back-up advice and remove the correct line referencing the added boot item.

    You will recognise which one you don't want.
  3. many thanks
  4. Oh dfear - boot.ini only contains 1 entry - for xp x64 edition.
    weird, eh!
    any other ideas?
  5. boot.ini is this:

    [Boot Loader]
    timeout=30
    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
  6. OK... another way is to use a third party utility to edit the windows boot loader.

    EasyBCD is a very popular option:

    http://neosmart.net/dl.php?id=1

    A screenshot of what to look for:

    http://neosmart.net/gallery/v/neosmart/EasyBCD/1_70/Add-Remove+Entries+-+Windows.png.html
  7. 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.
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