boot configuration data store could not be opened on XP Pro


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On startup of EasyBCD I get the message:

The boot configuration data store could not be opened.
The system cannot find the file specified.

Would you like to manually load a BCD registry for EasyBCD to manage? (Can't, I have XP)

I'd like to know what the "file specified" is (it isn't specified in the error message).

After reading other links on the subject, I have to make it clear that my XP OS has been created by a disk image. That may be one of the reasons for the failure here.

The only anomaly I found is:

I did a bootcfg /rebuild that ended up with a new boot.ini with two entries under [operating systems] pointing to two names for for 1 OS that reads:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /Fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Thanks for any help...
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Mostly Harmless
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EasyBCD doesn't work on XP-only machines.


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Thanks for the info, Mahmoud..

I happen to have Chrome OS on another partition...
Do you recommend anything for the XP/Chrome OS combination. I've been looking at Grub4Dos for a few days, it seems to worry me a bit.