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Dual Boot Vista & XP; XP failing to boot


1 hard drive, 2 partitions.

C: Vista
D: XP


Installed XP first, then reinstaled Vista.

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Vista boots fine, but in the boot manager when I choose to boot up XP, I get the following error:

Windows Failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause. To fix the problem:
1. Insert Windows instalation CD and restart
2. Choose language settings
3. Click repair your computer

File: \ntldr

Status: 0xc000000f


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While in Vista at cmd prompt. bcdedit shows:

Windows Boot Manager
----------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition =C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {globalsettings}
default {current}
displayorder {current}
{ntldr}
toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}
timeout 30


Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {current}
device partition =C:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
locale en-US
inherit {bootlaodersettings}
osdevice partition =C:
systemroot \Windows
resume object {06e61dee-f286-11dh-a625-95f4d5dc4c8c}
nx OptIn


Windows Legacy OS Loader
--------------------------
identifier {ntldr}
device partition= D:
path \ntldr
decription Windows XP PRO

does anyone know why vista can't load XP? or how to fix this?
any help is appriciated.

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Is ntldr missing from the root of D: ?

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if it's not on the root, would it be ok to just re-copy it from the I386 folder?


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ntldr is a hidden system file located in the root of the drive and required to boot XP. Also required are NtDetect.com and boot.ini, hidden system files as well. ntldr and NtDetect.com can be copied from the I386 folder on the drive or CD ....... boot.ini cannot. If it's gone, you would have to create it.

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copied both ntldr and netdetect to D:\Windows
and recreated a boot.ini file as

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

still not working. Did I copy these to the right directory?

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D:\Windows is the systemroot, not the driveroot. The files need to be in D:\
Did you set Windows to show hidden and system files?

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ok, I got all three files: ntdetect, ntldr, and boot.ini on the root.
system states that ntdtect failed and reboots automaticaly.

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Try replacing NtDetect.com from either the local i386 or the XP cd (i386).

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re-copied ntdetect.com, and ntldr. still doing the same thing. Any other suggestions?

error is hard to pause, because it's too fast, but I beleive it says

INVAILD BOOT.INI File

Rebooting from C:\WINDOWS\

NTDETECT FAILED

my boot.ini file is as:


[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect


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Place a copy of all 3 files in the driveroot of C: ---- do not edit the boot.ini
I believe you will also need to edit the BCD

Windows Legacy OS Loader
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identifier {ntldr}
device partition= C: << change the D: to C:
path \ntldr
decription Windows XP PRO

EasyBCD makes it easy if you don't already have it.

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ahh, It's alive!!!!!!

I changed the partition to 3 in the boot.ini file.
recopied the NT files to the root of D:
Copied all three files to the root of C: (Vista O/S partition) like you mentioned.


Thank you sooo much for your time.
I hope this info helps anyone else having the similar problems.

Windows Legacy OS Loader
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identifier {ntldr}
device partition= D: <--- stays as D:
path \ntldr
decription Windows XP PRO


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