Trying to Manually fix dual boot

nylla

New Member
After reading this forum for hours, I must say you people doing the answering sure have a lot of patience.:smile:

My problem is: new Win7 system, two hard drives, thought I'd be safe and unplug Win7 hard drive before installing retail XP Home cd. When easyBCD gave me the "Failed to detect a valid installation of windows nt-2003" msg, then I came here and found out I should not have unplugged my win7 hard drive. Too late now. Read and read. Decided all I needed to do was copy the boot.ini, ntldr and ntdetect.com files to the "system" partition. I did that.

Then I editted boot.ini to look like this

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

The only thing I changed was from "rdisk(0)" to "rdisk(1)", in two places

easyBCD still gives me the "failed to detect a valid installation" msg.

XP Home will boot and run if I unplug the win7 hard drive. I'm using the version 2.0.2.117 of easyBCD.

What else do I need to do? Seems like I should have to change "multi(0)disk(0)" but I don't know anymore and my eyes are crossed. tia
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member

nylla

New Member
Thanks, Terry. The beta found my xp and now I'm dual booting.

Can I now remove the drive letter I assigned to the System partition? It just seems a little dangerous having drive letter access to that partition.

thanks
 

Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
Staff member
If you wish.
You can always reassign a letter if you need to access anything in future.
 
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