windows failed to start

#1
I can boot vista with no problem but when I try to boot xp my computer just restarts and goes to the boot loader menu again.

I have vista on my c drive and xp on my E drive. they are on two separate hard drives.

any advice?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Can you go Diagnostics | Copy Debug Info to Clipboard

And paste it here?
 
#3
Code:
Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier              {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device                  partition=C:
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default                 {60365309-161c-11dc-89f4-f6ee822437d2}
displayorder            {60365309-161c-11dc-89f4-f6ee822437d2}
                        {eedbe112-15f0-11dc-aaa2-001bfc535de6}
toolsdisplayorder       {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout                 30

Windows Boot Loader
-------------------
identifier              {60365309-161c-11dc-89f4-f6ee822437d2}
device                  partition=C:
path                    \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description             Microsoft Windows Vista
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {6efb52bf-1766-41db-a6b3-0ee5eff72bd7}
osdevice                partition=C:
systemroot              \Windows
resumeobject            {6036530a-161c-11dc-89f4-f6ee822437d2}
nx                      OptIn

Windows Legacy OS Loader
------------------------
identifier              {eedbe112-15f0-11dc-aaa2-001bfc535de6}
device                  partition=E:
path                    \ntldr
description             Microsoft Windows XP
 
#4
one more thing. this is a fresh install of both vista and xp with nothing to lose. should I try reinstalling xp to get it to work or is there another workaround?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#5
naw, no need for that.

In EasyBCD go to the second section and change the drive letter for XP to C:
 
#6
woops. I screwed something up. I just will reinstall both Operating systems and hopefully that will fix it. the only harm done will be a very late night for me. Im not used to working with the OS boot menus so this is a big learning experience for me.

installing xp right now on drive E. vista on drive C in a few minutes when done.
 
#7
ok, can I even do this spread across 2 hard drives or do I have to use one for the operating systems and use the second for data storage?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#8
You can do it any way you like.
You can have different operating systems on different partitions or on different drives, no problem.

Install XP first, Vista second.