If you're curious, I can tell you how and why I did this and am in this mess later. Anyway, after reformatting the partition and reinstalling XP and then reinstalling EasyBCD 2.2 on XP I noticed that all the other OS's were listed in EasyBCD as restored with the correct drive letters as well. I only had to put in the name XP for the default boot drive C which was not listed. Will clicking the "save settings" button on the bottom of "Edit Boot Menu" screen bring back this menu in a working state and fix all my boot problems into the other OS's? Would it be wiser to go down into the more complex repair options listed? How can I save the existing XP boot loader in case I lose access to my only XP as well? I should point out that I didn't expect it to show the old Linux entries. I may look at that later. Thanks in advance for your expert guidance.