Newbie can't boot back into XP... :(


New Member
Hi all!

Due to a hard drive crash on a Vista computer, I ended up re-installing XP. When I got the fixed Hard drive, I reinstalled Vista Without the XP drive connected.
Don't ask me why... I was trying to go on working while swapping drives left and center to save my data, and work, and, and....

Anyway, I now have Three physical hard drives:

C: (Vista) + Recovery partition D
E: (just data)
F: (XP)

I installed EasyBCD. When I boot, I get an error message : Missing BootMGR. press any key.

OK, So I press a key and then I get to choose between Vista and XP.
Go figure.

BUT, it won't boot in XP even after I had copied the NTLDR, the BOOT.INI and the NTDETECT.COM from another working XP machines.

There is probably an simple solution but I need to be pointed in the right direction.



Telephone Sanitizer (2nd Class)
Staff member


New Member
I did to no avail.

Anyway, I manage to repair the XP boot sector using a XP CD. By the way, and this has happens twice, I noticed that mt original XP Cd doest not seems to boot and load properly where the Xp CD from my wife Dell computer works. Go figure.


Mostly Harmless
Staff member
So everything is OK now?