Quad Boot, Three Work, One Doesn't

#1
Hi guys,

I've set up a quad boot system for testing Windows Vista/XP on the two domains I have at work. Here's the detailed settings from EasyBCD:

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Windows Boot Manager
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identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {ntldr}
resumeobject {56eb70dd-a4db-11db-bb5c-806e6f6e6963}
displayorder {ntldr}
{21b35b3d-91e9-11db-b77f-0016768075a6}
{current}
{21b35b3f-91e9-11db-b77f-0016768075a6}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 100

Windows Legacy OS Loader
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identifier {ntldr}
device partition=C:
path \ntldr
description Microsoft Windows XP Professional Domain1 (switch to Domain1 now)

Windows Legacy OS Loader
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identifier {21b35b3d-91e9-11db-b77f-0016768075a6}
device partition=D:
path \ntldr
description Microsoft Windows XP Professional Domain2 (switch to Domain2 now)

Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {current}
device partition=E:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise Domain1 (switch to Domain1 now)
bootdebug No
nointegritychecks No
osdevice partition=E:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {56eb70dd-a4db-11db-bb5c-806e6f6e6963}
nx OptOut
pae ForceDisable
sos No
debug No

Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {21b35b3f-91e9-11db-b77f-0016768075a6}
device partition=F:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista Enterprise Domain2 (switch to Domain2 now)
osdevice partition=F:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {7917f6d5-a673-11db-90c1-806e6f6e6963}

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The only one I can't get to work is the XP install on Domain2 which is on drive D. When I try to boot to this install, it kicks me to the Domain1 XP install. (I can tell it's going to that partition since when I do Start->Run->%systemdrive%, I keep getting kicked to the C drive.) If anyone could offer some advice on how to get this OS up as a viable boot option, I'd appreciate it!

Also is there any way to make it so the bootloader won't automatically choose an OS to boot to? I'd like to force the people that use the test workstation to conciously make a decision about which OS they're going to boot to.

Thanks in advance.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hey, it's good that you got 3 working :smile:

What you need to do is open up boot.ini and hack it to add an entry (or correct the existing one) to XP-Domain-2.

Future versions of EasyBCD will deprecate Boot.ini completely, even for Legacy operating systems.

Oh, and welcome to NeoSmart Technologies! :smile:
 
#3
Thanks for the advice! How do I know which boot.ini to modify? Aren't there four on the computer now since there's four different OSes? I know the computer only reads from the one to actually boot the computer, but which is it?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
It's the one in the same drive with the folder "BOOT" and maybe "NST" as well (depending on what you installed).