Dual boot Xp with win2000 query


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cdee99

Hi !

I have two hard disks

IDE1 : Disk 1 : winxp professional
IDE2 : Disk 2 : windows 2000

To choose OS ; I currently hit del at startup ; select the boot order
of the HDD's

Is there a way to get dual boot option in disk1 - winxp ?

My hardware guy is sure it cannot be done... I am not so sure ...is
there a way ??

Please help if you can

Thanks a lot

Cedric Dennis -
(e-mail address removed)
 
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John John - MVP

Yes, absolutely. Edit the boot.ini file on the Windows XP disk and add
an ARC path to the Windows 2000 installation.

The file probably looks like this now:

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


After you add the ARC path to Windows 2000 it will look something like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2000
Professional" /fastdetect

The Boot.ini file is a hidden system file in the root folder of the
system partition, usually C:\.

You can edit the file via the System Properties\Advanced\Startup and
Recovery and then click on the "Edit" button at "To edit the startup
options...

John
 
C

cdee99

Thanks a lot John !
You have made my life so much simpler.
Warm Regards
Cedric
 
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John John - MVP

Ooops! In my haste to copy & paste lines for the new boot.ini file I
forgot that the default location for Windows 2000 is WINNT. The new
boot.ini file should look more like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000
Professional" /fastdetect

John
Yes, absolutely. Edit the boot.ini file on the Windows XP disk and add
an ARC path to the Windows 2000 installation.

The file probably looks like this now:

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


After you add the ARC path to Windows 2000 it will look something like
this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2000
Professional" /fastdetect

The Boot.ini file is a hidden system file in the root folder of the
system partition, usually C:\.

You can edit the file via the System Properties\Advanced\Startup and
Recovery and then click on the "Edit" button at "To edit the startup
options...

John

Hi !

I have two hard disks

IDE1 : Disk 1 : winxp professional
IDE2 : Disk 2 : windows 2000

To choose OS ; I currently hit del at startup ; select the boot order
of the HDD's

Is there a way to get dual boot option in disk1 - winxp ?

My hardware guy is sure it cannot be done... I am not so sure ...is
there a way ??

Please help if you can

Thanks a lot

Cedric Dennis -
(e-mail address removed)
 

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