Dualbooting Vista/XP where is boot.ini

Sinister

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Hello, I have a succesful Vista Home Premium SP1/XP Home SP2 dualboot setup on my laptop.
I have another laptop dualbooting Puppy Linux 4.00/XP Home SP2. The Linux laptop has both OS's on the same partition and works well. I'd like to setup the Vista/XP laptop with a triple boot adding Puppy Linux to the XP partition. To set this up I need access to the boot.ini but I can't find it. I used EasyBCD to setup the Vista/XP dualboot. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 

Terry60

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Boot.ini is in the root of your "system" partition, but will only be visible if you unhide system files in folder options.
 

Sinister

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Well XP is saying the boot.ini is nonexistent and it's nowhere to be found on the Vista side either.
 

Sinister

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How is it that the system is booting fine into XP or Vista with no boot.ini? Is it because it's using Vista's bootloader? Should I add an entry for Linux using EasyBCD?
 
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Terry60

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See this post in parallel thread sinister. Make yourself a new one from Guru's link.
Even when you're using Vista's bootmgr, it still chains to NTLDR for XP, which still needs to get boot.ini from somewhere.
 

Sinister

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I was able to work this all out using EasyBCD to setup my Linux partition. I also found my boot.ini while booted into Linux. Funny it didn't show up with show hidden files and folders checked. All is good.
 

Terry60

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You also need to untick "hide protected operating system files" and "hide extensions for known file types" to see boot.ini in its full glory.
 
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mqudsi

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In that case, you'd have had a file called "boot"
 
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