Boot Vista/XP?

#1
So I have Vista installed on one HDD, and XP on another, but cannot boot to XP. I get the following error:

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Invaled .INI File
Booting from C:\Windows
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The system then Hangs. Here is my Setup:

IDE(0) Mater (Cable Select) Vista Business E:\
IDE(0) Slave (Cable Select) XP Pro c:\

XP Boot.ini file:
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /FASTDETECT

and, EasyBCD config:
There are a total of 2 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader TimeOut: 30 seconds.
Default OS: Microsoft Windows Vista

Entry #1

Name: Microsoft Windows Vista
BCD ID: {current}
Drive: E:\
Bootloader Path: \Windows\system32\winload.exe
Windows Directory: \Windows

Entry #2

Name: Microsoft Windows
BCD ID: {......}
Drive: C:\
Bootloader Path: \ntldr
Windows Directory:

Vista boots just fine, and if I change the cables around, XP boots just fine, but of course I then get no multi boot option. Any suggestion anyone?
Thanks
Mark
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hi Lacodia, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies!

You need to create a file called "boot.ini" and stick it in both drive C: and drive E:

Check in Drive C: and Drive E: for this file. If it exists, copy it from C: to E: or vice versa, depending on the situation.

If boot.ini doesn't exist, here's a guide to Boot.ini:
http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/asm/mbr/bootini.htm

Once you have your boot.ini, just save it to C:\ and E:\ and you're done.
 
#3
Computer Guru said:
Hi Lacodia, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies!

You need to create a file called "boot.ini" and stick it in both drive C: and drive E:

Check in Drive C: and Drive E: for this file. If it exists, copy it from C: to E: or vice versa, depending on the situation.

If boot.ini doesn't exist, here's a guide to Boot.ini:
http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/asm/mbr/bootini.htm

Once you have your boot.ini, just save it to C:\ and E:\ and you're done.
So I copied the boot.ini from C:\ to E:\ but no joy. It did get rid of the ini error though, then I modified my boot.ini file after going to the link you posted (http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/asm/mbr/bootini.htm).
From:
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS...
to this:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS...

Apparently rdisk refers to the hard drive, and disk is allways disk(0). So now everythink works, thanks for your help!
Mark
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
Thats great news Mark!!
Be sure to spread the word about EasyBCD, and please, stick around and enjoy yourself!!