Was Working Now Xp Will Not Boot

#1
Hi and thanks for this most excellent software, unfortunately I have managed to cross thread , read screw up, my XP partition. After using the program for months and using Vista as my default OS I finally got so tired of Vista's quirks especially how slow it can be vs. XP that I decided to make XP my default OS and have spent countless hours attempting to get XP to work at all ever since. I have read the troubleshooting guide and triple checked what I can. MY XP Pro SP2 disk is an oem so I have dl'd a copy of XP Pro SP2 and tried the repair but that didn't work either. Am in the process of creating a a slipstreamed SP3 for 1 last go round but I may have to re-install XP, could be worse as I have a True Image and can save my documents but will need to reload programs etc. Some assistance would be most appreciated.

TIA
 

JustinW

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Staff member
#2
Hello, welcome to NST

Startup repair Vista
Get EasyBCD, beta available [thread=642]here[/thread] that'll autoconfigure if you want to re-add XP's entry or the existing doesn't work.
Bootloader management -> Default OS -> XP entry -> Save
 
#3
Thanks for responding but the problem appears to be much deeper than that as I had tried those long ago w/ no joy. At this point I think a clean install of XP is probably my only solution.

Addendum:

At this time I get ....\ntoskrnl.exe
Please re-install .....

I have also tried going into the repair console to rebuild the bootcfg but no Windows OS was found. Its pretty weird cause I had saved a copy of the XP partition, admittedly after it wouldn't boot and restored it a few times w/ varying results which have gotten worse to this point even though the files restored are the same each time.
 
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Terry60

Knows where his towel is.
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#4
Why have you downloaded a copy of XP when you have the OEM version ?
Can't you just do a "repair install" of XP in place. That will leave all your apps and data intact.
 
#5
Ok so I've been delving ever deeper, dangerous territory, and read a post pertaining to Ubantu and bootgrabber.exe crash. I have been getting the msg bootgrabber has stopped working for at least the last several times that I have tried fixing this problem. Tried the utility but all I get is:
BootGrabber utility.
Copyright............

and then:
Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: BootGrabber.exe
Application Version: 0.0.0.0
Application Timestamp: 49972f0f
Fault Module Name: ntdll.dll
Fault Module Version: 6.0.6001.18000
Fault Module Timestamp: 4791a7a6
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 000659c3
OS Version: 6.0.6001.2.1.0.256.6
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 3a74
Additional Information 2: baa8e3d84403fcbe6d7c8a2d034d3fa5
Additional Information 3: 0fc5
Additional Information 4: 77b6891095403afb6567fb62ca100acd

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Addendum:

Why have you downloaded a copy of XP when you have the OEM version ?
Can't you just do a "repair install" of XP in place. That will leave all your apps and data intact.
Perhaps I miss-stated I have the stupid Product Recovery CD's Originally the PC came w/ Vista but my love/hate relationship w/ Vista was more and more becoming a hate relationship so I contacted Lenovo and $45 later they sent me the above cited disks. So I tried to dl a copy of XP, not really piracy as I have a valid key for it, to run the repair utility but that didn't work and things get further and further and deeper and deeper!

Addendum:

Well, after reading the posts re. Vista screwing w/ partition numbering and comparing various partition lists I decided to change the Boot.ini from 3 to 2 and got into safe mode, Yahoo!!!!!!, which then allowed me to unpack the MS KB blah, blah that allows dual booting and I'm :??:??:??:??:??:??:??:?? :booyah:
 
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