Boot Vista/XP?

lacodia

New Member
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
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.
 

lacodia

New Member
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
Thats great news Mark!!
Be sure to spread the word about EasyBCD, and please, stick around and enjoy yourself!!
 
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