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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Dear Justin I did that. Now both C:\ and E:\ have the ntdetect.com file. Restarted, but no change. Is there any tool in the Can Easy to diagnose the problem? Vaj Addendum: ADMIN PASSWORD I was waiting for the admin password to get into the Recovery Console. They found it was blank...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Hi Terry The disable mode doesn't come any more. In the past I had seen it a couple of times. Vajra
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Following your advice, I did a fresh install. This time I deleted the boot.ini and ntldr from C:\ before the install, to force Windows to make a fresh boot.ini. The new boot.ini, after fresh start, is : [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS [operating...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Hi Terry! I started the computer, and the Menu gave Vista Windows XP. Underneath TOOLS : memory check I brought the cursor to XP and hit enter and F8 almost instantaneously, but to avail. The following page appears: Windows Boot Manager "Windows failed to start.A recent hardware or software...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    So nice to hear from you Justin. Many thanks to you and Terry for helping me through my "trials and tribulations of the Dell"!! I will do a fresh installation. For this, I believe I should: 1. Format the partition where I have installed the XP. 2. Delete from C:\ boot.ini Are there any...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Many thanks for the explanation. Based on this, I believe I should not change the D: to B:. I followed your advice to 'Rapir Install'. When it came to the Partition page, it did not give me the option for Repair. It gave 3 options ENTER= install, D=Delete partition F3=Quit There was no R...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Dear Terry and Justin: I am going to try what both of you have suggested, and will report back to you if it is a success or otherwise. (It really feels good to know I have two experts looking over my back). Before doing a repair installation, I want to clean up the labelling of the...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Dear Justin Thank you so much. When you say "Get to the partition screen", did you mean START->right click COMPUTER->MANAGE->DISK MANAGEMENT and then the screen which appears? I did that, highlighted the partition on which XP is, and pressed R, but nothing happened. Under ACTION, there are...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Dear Terry There is a free service www.loginrecovery.com , but it would take 3 days, unless payments are made for quick results. I don't mind paying, except that I did not input any password, and the XP is not installed properly, so I am doubtful if the password would be correct. Anyway, while...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Thank you so much Terry, for taking the time to help me. I changed the boot.ini as you had advised. I then restarted the computer with the bootable XP cd and was able to get to Repair Console by tapping on F10. It gave the following options: 1. E:\WINDOWS 2. C:\WINDOWS 3. D:\WINDOWS I...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    Many thanks to Kairo and Terry. Based on Kairo's advice, I made sure ntldr, ntdetect.com, and boot.ini were at the root of C:. I revised the boot.ini as follows: [boot loader] timeout=30 default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(4)\WINDOWS [operating systems]...
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    Vista - Xp Dual Boot. Boot.ini Question

    I have been having immense problems installing XP in a Vista pre-installed computer. After reading the many threads, I realize I am not alone! After seeing some very useful threads in this Forum, I have the hope that I may find the help I need here. Briefly, my computer is DELL XPS 420. It...