Thanks Computer Guru

#1
I read about EasyBCD on another site...and read THEIR directions....

I already had Vista64 working....I created primary partition for XP, named it K drive. After the install, Vista disappeared. I followed their instructions, which did not include going to Boot Manager to restore the Vista MBR.

So I added my XP Entry..clicked Save...and rebooted to "BOOTMGR is missing, CTRL-ALT-DEL". I used the Vista to try to restore, but it renamed Vista drive to K. I managed to get in, it thought it was K, but Disk Mgr said it was on C.

I found your instructions link on another thread,
Installing XP After Vista - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki

I restored the Vista MBR, added the entry and tada.....Dual Boot. So thanks.

One thing that would be nice, that I haven't seen...is a there a way to do a countdown to a default?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hey SgtDoodie, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies.

The countdown to a default is already there, in EasyBCD's "Change Settings" page.
From there you can set the countdown time limit (Bootloader Timeout) and the default entry for when the countdown runs out.
 
#3
Ok. I goofed..I think.

Everything was working fine, until I installed SP2 (my XP copy is old). I installed SP2 and after it asked for a reboot, I went back to Vista and changed the time default from 30 sec, to 15.

When I tried to go back to XP...it balked. It said I had to repair XP because there was a problem with \NTLDR.

Is this recoverable, or should I just wipe XP and start over...(I hadn't loaded much..just drivers).
 
#5
Gracias,

It was NTLDR and NTDETECT.COM were missing and not in the root directory. Once I added the zip files you have download, XP booted back up.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#6
Glad to hear it.

And if I haven't totally forgotten my Spanish classes from 2nd grade, de nada.

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