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    Default Cannot dual boot into WinXP

    Greetings all. This is my first post here. Was wondering if you can assist me. Here is the situation.
    I have win 7 64 installed on a single SSD drive.
    I want to install winXP/SP3 to run some legacy hardware.
    I intended to raid a couple of drives and install winXP to it, but ran into a few issues. So I decided to install those two Sata drives in a non-raid setup.
    Now, the Bios set one of those drives as the second bood drive (as opposed to my Win 7 SSD drive. (The first boot drive is of course my DVD drive). I didn't spot this until it was too late. I installed winXP without any issues, but of course it sees this drive a the C drive, and didn't overight the bootloader files on my Win 7 instalation.

    (In any case, I did previously try to install WinXP on a seperate HD but it would never get fully installed, as whenever the instalation re-boots to run the set-up, I would get an error message, and continuing the installation was impossible.)

    So.. back to where we were...
    I changed the boot order so my Win 7 on the SSD and can boot without any issues. I run EasyBCD and it adds WinXP to the boot choices, but when I try to select Win XP, I get an error message.
    So....my question is: what can I do to get WinXP to run?
    -Go back and change the boot order to WinXP's HD and run EasyBCD from there?
    -Edit the boot.ini file that EasyBCD creates on the win 7 SSD drive?
    -Or some other solution.

    I have made backup images of my win 7 drive as well as my win XP drive with Acronis as a safety measure, so it's not an issue to getting back to my original setup.

    Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Addendum:

    Thought I'd add some additional information:

    The error message I get when I try to boot to Win XP is the following:
    "Invalid Boot.ini file
    Booting from c:\windows\NTDETECT failed.

    The Boot.ini file created by EasyBCD:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=15
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP on G:\" /fastdetect

    The Boot.ini created by rhe Windows XP instalation:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /usepmtimer
    Last edited by MrFizzbin; April 9th, 2012 at 04:40 PM. Reason: Automagically-merged double-post.

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    Please post the "view settings" (detailed mode) data from EasyBCD.
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    Thanks for your reply, Terry60. As per your request:
    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    displayorder {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
    timeout 10
    displaybootmenu Yes
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
    recoverysequence {5f56314e-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    nx OptIn

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    There's no XP entry in the BCD.
    Did you delete it after adding it ? (or forget to click the "add" button)
    Add it again, let EasyBCD auto configure, and don't change what it sets up.
    Then if it still doesn't work, post the view settings again.
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    Oh crap: ... i just realized I deleted the XP entry and thus sent you the details of just Win 7.. It's been one of those days..... I'm at work right now, but as soon as i get home, I will edit my above post.. Sorry about that!


    Addendum:


    Here you go:

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
    default {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    displayorder {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    {4fbc841d-f34c-11e0-bd37-0015f2f4979f}
    toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
    timeout 10
    displaybootmenu Yes
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
    recoverysequence {5f56314e-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    nx OptIn
    Real-mode Boot Sector
    ---------------------
    identifier {4fbc841d-f34c-11e0-bd37-0015f2f4979f}
    device partition=C:
    path \NST\ntldr
    description Microsoft Windows XP
    Last edited by MrFizzbin; April 10th, 2012 at 05:14 PM. Reason: Automagically-merged double-post.

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    and what message do you get when you try booting XP ?
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    As mentioned in my initial post:

    The error message I get when I try to boot to Win XP is the following:
    "Invalid Boot.ini file
    Booting from c:\windows\NTDETECT failed.

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    Sorry, missed the addendum.
    Which version of EasyBCD are you using ?
    All of the XP boot files should be automatically generated since 2.0
    Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management as detailed in the sticky
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    I am using the latest version of EasyBCD .


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    Linux on an NTFS partition ?
    Your EasyBCD generated boot.ini, says "...on G", which would seem to indicate that you are letting PnP detection dictate your letter allocation and that you've moved the XP drive relative to Linux in the interim.
    Delete the XP entry and add it again, and the auto detection should find it on E and generate the correct arc paths.
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    Terry .. That "Linux" partition is empty. It's to potentially add Linux-Ubuntu .. But one problem at a time! So do not pay any attention to it.

    I'll do what you suggested, but I've do it before with the same results.

    As a side note:
    I'm going from memory here, as I am at work, so the details might be a bit off... I went into EasyBDC and directed the WinXP entry specifically to the E drive. What happened upon reboot and select WinXP was there was an error message saying could not boot Win XP because of a corrupt or missing file..(NTLDR I think..not 100%. sure...? don't remember exactly). The error message goes on to say that I should insert my WinXP install disk , select the correct language and then select "repair".. Once again, I am going from memory, so don't quote me on this. I ended up doing a complete install, BUT DID NOT format ..left existing files. It was able to do a complete install. Remember that whenever I tried in the past to install WinXP that wasn't the default boot hard drive identified in my Bios, the install would fail at the first time it reboots during install. So I never was able to get a complete install that way. I WAS able to get a complete install if I set the drive that I was installing WinXP to as the default first boot hard drive in my Bios. iUpon reboot I had 2 WinXP to chose from, but no Win 7... I have since restored the drive as it was when I reported the problem via a image backup. So...back to square one as reported in my first post.. The above may or may not be relavent, just thought I would mention it in case it was..

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    Don't change what EasyBCD sets up. An XP BCD entry doesn't point to XP, it points to the "system" partition containing the boot.ini file which in turn points to XP.
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    Terry,

    Thanks for your persistence.

    I did make changes, but always removed them and re-entered an entry for XP .
    I'll do as you suggested and report back.

    ps., Did the fact that I had the drive where WinXP installed to was set as the 1st default boot drive in my Bios, screw things up?

    Addendum:

    Terry,

    Did as you recommended: Deleted the XP entry, saved, rebooted, added back the XP entry


    Actually did it three times to be sure. Got the exact same results:
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
    recoverysequence {5f56314e-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    nx OptIn
    Real-mode Boot Sector
    ---------------------
    identifier {4fbc8422-f34c-11e0-bd37-0015f2f4979f}
    device partition=C:
    path \NST\ntldr
    description Microsoft Windows XP


    I'm also including an image of the boot.ini file that EasyBCD generated in my Boot drive (Win7).




    What we try next?
    Last edited by MrFizzbin; April 11th, 2012 at 04:25 PM. Reason: Automagically-merged double-post.

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    Can you try again using the latest Beta.
    The arc path is showing XP on your 3rd HDD, but Disk Management shows it as top of the pile.
    Do you still have it set as the primary boot HDD ?
    If so set the SSD at the top.
    If you still have problems, no doubt CG will want you to run bootgrabber and look at the output to see if you have a corrupted partition table somewhere.
    Terry

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    Terry,

    -I open up my rig and connected the SSD drive (Default boot drive), on first Sata connection (1) and the Hard drive that has WinXP on Sata 6.
    -The SSD drive is now sitting on top of the pack (See image below for confirmation).
    [URL=http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/696/diskmanager2.jpg/][IMG]

    -I tried the Beta version of EasyBCD, but got same Error msg at boot for WindowsXP ("Invalid Boot.ini file
    Booting from c:\windows\NTDETECT failed."

    -Here are the detailed Settings:

    Windows Boot Manager
    --------------------
    identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
    device partition=C:
    description Windows Boot Manager
    locale en-US
    inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
    default {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    displayorder {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    {4fbc8427-f34c-11e0-bd37-0015f2f4979f}
    toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
    timeout 10
    displaybootmenu Yes
    Windows Boot Loader
    -------------------
    identifier {5f56314d-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    device partition=C:
    path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
    description Windows 7
    locale en-US
    inherit {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
    recoverysequence {5f56314e-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    recoveryenabled Yes
    osdevice partition=C:
    systemroot \Windows
    resumeobject {5f56314c-3411-11e0-a0f7-d9fe95335307}
    nx OptIn
    Real-mode Boot Sector
    ---------------------
    identifier {4fbc8427-f34c-11e0-bd37-0015f2f4979f}
    device partition=C:
    path \NST\ntldr
    description Microsoft Windows XP

    -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-


    So, where do we go from here?


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