SP1/SP2 boot conflict


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Daniel Ganek

I ran into this problem when I installed SP2 on XpPro

1) Downloaded the full SP2
2) Made a copy of the SP1 partition with PM8.01
3) Booted the copy and installed SP2

At this point I have two partition, let's call then
SP1 and SP2.

When I rebooted (SP1 still the active partition) I had two
entries in the multi-boot menu. I could boot SP1 but if I tried
to boot SP2 I got the splash screen and then the screen went
blank (OK, so far) but then system rebooted. I started over
and the same thing happened. Safe mode, last good config, etc.
all do the same thing. Occasionally (10%), SP2 will boot.
I thought it might be some a hardware problem that only affects
SP2 so I reseated cards, swapped cards, memory, removed cards/memory, etc.
Same thing, occasionally SP2 will boot.

So I lived with it for awhile but I needed to make some HW changes.
At this point I made SP2 the active partition. And now I can boot the
SP2 partition 100% of the time BUT NOT THE SP1 partition!

In other words, each partition can boot itself but not the other.

Anyone have any ideas????

/dan
 
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Delwin Lee [MSFT]

When you install XP, you effective hard-code that copy to a specific drive
letter. I'm guessing that when you made a copy of one install and put in on
another partition, you're effectively changing its drive letter (which
causes things to go haywire).
 
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Dan Ganek

Delwin said:
When you install XP, you effective hard-code that copy to a specific drive
letter. I'm guessing that when you made a copy of one install and put in on
another partition, you're effectively changing its drive letter (which
causes things to go haywire).
No, that can't be. Because before I installed SP2 on the second
partition I could boot it.

Also, before SP2, I did this all the time - backups, testing, etc.

It's only after installing SP2 that things go haywire.

/dan
 

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