Can't boot to WinXP, NTLDR not present

#1
Hi

I have installed Vista on my primary harddisk partition 1, the C: drive.
Originally I had 2 Window XP installations. One on C: (Disk0 Partition1), the other on E: (Disk0 Partition2) i.e. on the same physical disk

I formatted the Window XP on C and installed Vista over it. I think this destroyed the NT boot loader. I wanted to dual boot into my e: WinXP.
I tried added an entry in EasyBCD pointing to C: and E: without luck. It reads 0x00000f ntldr not found. I even manually added boot.ini in roots of both C: and E: pointing to multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP" /fastdetect

I assume the cause is Vista had completely overwritten the original NTLDR.

What should I do now? Reinstall Windows XP on E:?

Many Thanks!!
 

mqudsi

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#3
btw, it's not that Vista overwrote NTLDR, but that when you formatted C:, NTLDR was deleted along with it.
 
#4
NTDETECT was missing from the package but after I pulled the file from my friend's computer it's working great now.
Thanks very much for the quick reply.
You are the best moderator I've ever seen on a tech support forum :smile:

Anyway do I need to set anything with EasyBCD on XP's side?
 

mqudsi

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mqudsi

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#7
Hi Emil,

Stick them in your boot drive, that's the one with the "BOOT" folder.
 

mqudsi

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#9
no, ntdetect and ntldr should both go in the root of the boot drive, not in the boot folder.
 
#11
This forum gives me a lot of trouble. I cannot edit. I wanted my previous post to read like this: Im having the same problem of not being able to boot into xp. I click on that link, it opens but no files appear. Everything appears to be in order during the set-up and installation.
 
#13
Hi,
Gooday to all,
All Boot+Files.zip are good.Pl double click on zip file,after open file,select ntdetect.com & ntldr & with mouse right click on slect area & click on option repair an arichive damaged & click on ok.
Thanks.
 

mqudsi

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#14
Hello Bunty,

Is it a damaged archive? If so, I can re-create and re-upload.
 

mqudsi

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#16
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