Error Loadin operating system.....Help

  Skuby 17:04 24 Mar 2007
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Hi all
I was trying to install a second operating system (Win98) on my other hard drive (G:) I have XP on Drive C:
Unfortunately I think Win98 tried to write to C: but almost immediately stopped with an error saying cannot write to disc.
Since this happened I have not been able to boot from my XP Drive, it just stops on the black boot up screen and says "Error loading operating system"
Is there anything I can do to get it working again as I don't want to lose the stuff on the drive.
Thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:17 24 Mar 2007

Looks like 98 corupted your XP boot files.

Is C drive NTFS or Fat32? needs to be fat32 if you want to run 98 even on another drive.

First repair the XP installation
Repair XP by install over the top of existing systm

1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.

2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:

To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.

To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.

To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3.

3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup.

To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER.

DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console).

4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.

5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from the list and press R to start the repair.

6. Setup will copy the necessary files to the hard drive and reboot.

Do not press any key to boot from CD when the message appears.

Setup will continue as if it were doing a clean install, but your applications and settings will remain intact.

Repair XP
click here

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 17:18 24 Mar 2007

Very difficult to put 98 after XP

Drive C: must be FAT32 to be able to install Windows 98 after XP is already installed. The 98/Me installation routine cannot write to an NTFS partition.
You must have a second hard disk or partition formatted for FAT32 in order to be able to install Windows 98/Me, installing 98/Me to the same partition as Windows XP is Not recommended!

Use a Windows 98 Startup disk for this procedure. You should ensure that DEBUG.EXE is on your Startup disk. On a 98 Startup disk, created from Add/Remove Programs, its in the EBD.CAB file on the Startup disk. For a 98 Startup disk created from FAT32EBD.EXE its on the floppy.

1. Use a Win98 Startup disk (with CD support) to boot your computer.
2. Insert your Win98 CD into the CD Rom drive.
3. At the A: prompt type X:\Win98\Setup.exe where X: is your CD-ROM drive.
4. Proceed with the install. When prompted for the install location, you'll see C:\Windows.000. Choose Other directory and change this to the drive you wish to install 98 to and name the folder Windows (or something else if you prefer).
5. Complete the Win98 install. Allow the computer to boot into Win98.

Repair the Windows XP Boot Loader

1. Create a Win98 Startup Disk
2. Create a Notepad file with the following entries, exactly as shown:

L 100 2 0 1
N C:\BOOTSECT.DOS
R BX
0
R CX
200
W
Q

3. Save the file to the Win98 Startup Disk as READ.SCR
4. Boot the computer with the Win98 Startup Disk and at the A: prompt type

DEBUG <READ.SCR

Steps 1 - 4 create the BOOTSECT.DOS file needed to boot Win98. You may need to use the ATTRIB C:\BOOTSECT.DOS -S -H -R command if BOOTSECT.DOS already exists and you get an error when trying to recreate it.

5. Configure your computer to boot from the CD drive. This is done in the BIOS, or your computer may offer the option at startup if it detects a bootable CD. If your computer does not support booting from CD-Rom, you should also be able to boot with a 98 Startup disk, and run WINNT.EXE from the I386 folder of your XP CD.
6. Insert your XP CD and boot from it.
7. You'll see some files being copied, then you'll be presented with a choice of installing or repairing an existing installation. Choose Repair.
8. You'll be asked which XP installation you want to log into. Enter 1. There is usually only one installation.
9. You'll be prompted for the Administrator password. For Home, the default password is blank, so just hit Enter. For Pro, enter the same password you did during setup for the Administrator account (this is not the same as the password for an Admin level account. It must be the Administrator account password).
10. At the C:\Windows prompt, type FIXBOOT. You'll be prompted to confirm. Do so.
11. When FIXBOOT is finished, remove the XP CD and type EXIT and the machine will reboot.
12. Reconfigure your computer to boot from the hard drive if necessary.

You will now get the XP Boot loader with your choice of operating system.

  Skuby 18:04 24 Mar 2007

Hi Fruit Bat,

I have 2 hard drives installed HD0 which has 2 partitions C: & E: and is NTFS and HD1 which is labelled G: and is fat32.

I tried to install Win98 on HD1 but it seems to have tried to write to HD0.

I tried the XP recovery from the CD but has not worked, I will try again now from your instructions.

Thanks

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:47 24 Mar 2007

It will try and write to HDO because it needs to tell the Boot drive where the windows files are.

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