Please Help a Newbie


I have installed Vista to my C: drive and Windows XP to my N: drive, both drives are SATA drives. I installed Easy BCD 1.7.2 and I am presented with a menu at bootup. If I choose Vista, no probs it boots up fine.

However if I choose XP it just wont boot. Initially I got an error about boot.ini, after reading these forums I downloaded the boot files (boot.ini, ntdetect, ntds) and installed them into the C: drive. Now I am presented with a black screen whenever I try to boot into XP. What am I doing wrong? I have not altered the INI file from the downloaded version, do I need to alter this?


Mak 2.0

Staff member

This is addresed in our Wiki.

Windows XP - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

This is a result of the NTDETECT file nto being found. Where did you place the file? In the XP Root drive or Vista root drive?



Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
Hi Graeme, welcome to the boards.
If you can't see what to do with the help of the wiki XP troubleshooter from Mak's link,
post a screenshot of your Vista disk management and a copy of your boot.ini, and we'll take a look for you.