xp is unbootable in XP/vista dual boot setup

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I had vista 64 installed, then made a second partition for windows xp. So vista is on C and XP is on D, well some of my programs and drivers are messing around with vista i think and screwing stuff up. So I need Vista to disappear for XP use. A typical scenario whatever, i can dual boot just fine with easy bcd. But then I decided to use that Hide n seek program because i need C partition hidden from XP. It gives me this error find --remap-root /XP.D.HnS and something about an error 15 file not found or something for that. I can still boot into vista just fine, but as said, i get that error if i try to boot. I assume this has something to do with the loader pointing incorrectly or something but I don't know if thats the case or how to fix it if it is. Anyways additional info of probable use is that I have 2 sata2 drives in raid0. I have 3 partitions, the first is for vista, the second is a 20 meg unpartitioned space for safety or something it was reccomended and I can afford the space loss anyways. the third partition is for Xp, so basically just 2 partitions, but i did create the 20meg one before the XP one then deleted the 20meg one because that was simple, so perhaps the XP one is still thought of as a third partition to the bootloader? still just subjective as I don't know. Anyways I need this wretched problem fixed sometime and I'm totally lost at it so anyways please help if you can.
 
#2
Hello Charlie, welcome to NST.
Please post the contents of your HnS menu.lst.
 
#3
what and where is that? though its probably not what your looking for, the contents of the vista loader according to easybcd anyways, is as follows.

There is one entry in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.
Default OS: Microsoft Windows Vista

Entry #1

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

Terry60

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#4
In the partition root of your "system" "active" partition (probably C:\ ) you'll find a file called menu.lst.
It's the grub bootloader equivalent of boot.ini in XP, or the BCD in Vista. (HnS is a GUI built around grub4dos).
Post the contents of menu.lst and also the log file you'll find which was created as you ran the UI.exe. (It's in the same folder as UI.exe)
 
#5
# NeoSmart Technologies' Vista Hide 'n Seek Beta
# DO NOT MODIFY!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

timeout 30
default 0
splashimage=/vhns.xpm.gz
foreground 000000
background ffffff

title Microsoft Windows Vista
find --unhide /Vista.C.HnS
find --set-root /BOOTMGR.HNS
makeactive
chainloader /BOOTMGR.HNS
boot

title Windows XP [D:\]
find --hide /Vista.C.HnS
find --remap-root /XP.D.HnS
find --set-root /XP.D.HnS
makeactive
chainloader /ntldr
boot

# All your boot are belong to NeoSmart!
 
#6
Now please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window. BTW, there should be a file in the root of your XP partition called XP.D.HnS. Check to see if it exists.
 
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Terry60

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#8
Click "Go advanced" and use the paperclip to attach your screenshot to the post.
Also please post the logfile I asked for.
Check in the root of your XP partition for the XP.D.HnS null-file. Is there one there ?
 
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See my last edit. Does the file exist?
 
#10
that file is there yes, at D:\ also though, I don't see any advanced view for disk management, i thought that was the only view anyways, and I don't know where this paperclip thing is either, the only means to attach an image here that i know of. Sorry. Also I will be leaving shortly for work, so ya anyways thanks for your assistance.
 

Terry60

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#11
The go advanced is on this page, below the quick reply box, it's the full (not quick) reply editor.
 
#12
Scroll down the page when you make a new post, and you should see a button called "Manage Attachments". Click on that, and use it to upload your image here to the forums.
I'm not sure why its giving you that error message then, if the file exists.

Jake
 

Terry60

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#14
Sudden thought. your XP isn't in a logical partition is it ? That's not going to allow a "makeactive" to work.

No I can see now thats not the case.

Can you paste the contents of the logfile so we can see what happened when you ran the UI.
 
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No, both are primary, so I don't have a clue why the file isn't being found.
 
#16
so reinstall xp then i guess? i thought it had to be on a primary partition, on a previous attempt it made itself on an extended partition for some reason, and assigned itself to E so i had to make a primary in vista at D to make that go away.
 
#17
so reinstall xp then i guess? i thought it had to be on a primary partition, on a previous attempt it made itself on an extended partition for some reason, and assigned itself to E so i had to make a primary in vista at D to make that go away.
No, just run UI.exe again. Your XP partition does need to be a primary partition.
 
#18
don't know where the log file would be, but i have to continue this after work, so like 9 hours or something, thanks. although in case this is it, this is contents of vista hns.log


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 6:56 PM using log level Debug

6:56 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
6:56 PM Boot drive: C:\
6:56 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
6:56 PM D as XP
6:56 PM C as Vista
6:56 PM Beginning Install process.
6:56 PM Attempting to rename C:\boot.ini to C:\boot.ini.hns
6:56 PM Copying NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to D:\
6:56 PM Creating boot.ini on D as partition(2)
6:56 PM Creating Vista entry in menu.lst.
6:56 PM Adding XP entry D to menu.lst
6:56 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on C:\
6:56 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on D:\
6:56 PM Updating the bootsector on all partitions.
6:56 PM HnS installation successfully completed. Happy dual-booting!


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 7:08 PM using log level Debug

7:08 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
7:08 PM Boot drive: C:\
7:08 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
7:08 PM Beginning Uninstall process.
7:08 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on C:\
7:08 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on D:\
7:08 PM Removing menu.lst from C:\
7:08 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on C:\
7:08 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on D:\
7:08 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from C:\
7:08 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTLDR' is denied.
7:08 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTDETECT.COM' is denied.
7:08 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from D:\
7:08 PM Re-creating NTLDR and NTDETECT on C:\
7:08 PM HnS has been successfully uninstalled.


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 7:08 PM using log level Debug

7:08 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
7:08 PM Boot drive: C:\
7:08 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
7:08 PM D as Unknown
7:08 PM C as Unknown
7:08 PM Beginning Install process.
7:08 PM Attempting to rename C:\boot.ini to C:\boot.ini.hns
7:08 PM Creating Vista entry in menu.lst.
7:08 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on C:\
7:08 PM Updating the bootsector on all partitions.
7:08 PM HnS installation successfully completed. Happy dual-booting!


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 7:09 PM using log level Debug

7:09 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
7:09 PM Boot drive: C:\
7:09 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
7:09 PM Beginning Uninstall process.
7:09 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on C:\
7:09 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on D:\
7:09 PM Removing menu.lst from C:\
7:09 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on C:\
7:09 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on D:\
7:09 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from C:\
7:09 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTLDR' is denied.
7:09 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTDETECT.COM' is denied.
7:09 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from D:\
7:09 PM Re-creating NTLDR and NTDETECT on C:\
7:09 PM HnS has been successfully uninstalled.


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 7:18 PM using log level Debug

7:18 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
7:18 PM Boot drive: C:\
7:18 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
7:18 PM D as XP
7:18 PM C as Vista
7:18 PM Beginning Install process.
7:18 PM Attempting to rename C:\boot.ini to C:\boot.ini.hns
7:18 PM Copying NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to D:\
7:18 PM Creating boot.ini on D as partition(2)
7:18 PM Creating Vista entry in menu.lst.
7:18 PM Adding XP entry D to menu.lst
7:18 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on C:\
7:18 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on D:\
7:18 PM Updating the bootsector on all partitions.
7:18 PM HnS installation successfully completed. Happy dual-booting!


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 7:23 PM using log level Debug

7:23 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
7:23 PM Boot drive: C:\
7:23 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
7:23 PM Beginning Uninstall process.
7:23 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on C:\
7:23 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on D:\
7:23 PM Removing menu.lst from C:\
7:23 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on C:\
7:23 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on D:\
7:23 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from C:\
7:23 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTLDR' is denied.
7:23 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTDETECT.COM' is denied.
7:23 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from D:\
7:23 PM Re-creating NTLDR and NTDETECT on C:\
7:23 PM HnS has been successfully uninstalled.


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 7:24 PM using log level Debug

7:24 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
7:24 PM Boot drive: C:\
7:24 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
7:24 PM D as Unknown
7:24 PM C as Vista
7:24 PM Beginning Install process.
7:24 PM Attempting to rename C:\boot.ini to C:\boot.ini.hns
7:24 PM Creating Vista entry in menu.lst.
7:24 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on C:\
7:24 PM Updating the bootsector on all partitions.
7:24 PM HnS installation successfully completed. Happy dual-booting!


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 8:52 PM using log level Debug

8:52 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
8:52 PM Boot drive: C:\
8:52 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
8:52 PM Beginning Uninstall process.
8:52 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on C:\
8:52 PM Reverting BOOTMGR on D:\
8:52 PM Removing menu.lst from C:\
8:52 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on C:\
8:52 PM Attempting to revert boot.ini.hns, XP.ID.HnS, & Vista.ID.HnS on D:\
8:52 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from C:\
8:52 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTLDR' is denied.
8:52 PM Access to the path 'C:\NTDETECT.COM' is denied.
8:52 PM Deleting NTLDR and NTDETECT from D:\
8:52 PM Re-creating NTLDR and NTDETECT on C:\
8:52 PM HnS has been successfully uninstalled.


NeoSmart intelliLogger 1.0
Logging started on 5/6/2009 at 9:19 PM using log level Debug

9:19 PM Vista Hide 'n Seek 0.5.0.61
9:19 PM Boot drive: C:\
9:19 PM Listing drives involved in the procedure.
9:19 PM D as XP
9:19 PM C as Vista
9:19 PM Beginning Install process.
9:19 PM Attempting to rename C:\boot.ini to C:\boot.ini.hns
9:19 PM Copying NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM to D:\
9:19 PM Creating boot.ini on D as partition(2)
9:19 PM Creating Vista entry in menu.lst.
9:19 PM Adding XP entry D to menu.lst
9:19 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on C:\
9:19 PM Renaming BOOTMGR, creating GRLDR on D:\
9:19 PM Updating the bootsector on all partitions.
9:19 PM HnS installation successfully completed. Happy dual-booting!
 

Terry60

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Staff member
#19
Don't run the UI again until we've seen if there are any errors in the logfile that need to be sorted first.
 
#20
Have you tried booting XP since 9:19 PM yesterday? It looks like you made multiple attempts of setting up Hn'S, and finally suceeeded the last attempt. For whatever reason, most of the times before the last attempt, access to NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM was denied.

EDIT: Nevermind. It seems that was only when you were uninstalling it...
 
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