XP Boot Loader

  Davepy 15:39 03 Mar 2003

I have WinXP on one hard drive and win98sd on another hard drive. At startup I get a choice of "WindowsXP" or " Previous Operating system on c:" Booting into XP is OK but when I try "Previous OS" (Win98) I get the message " No OS found" " Insert Start up disc". After going through the process I can get Win98 to start. Has anybody got any ideas?

  spikeychris 16:02 03 Mar 2003


Looks like theres a problem with your Boot loader as you have said. Whats it say when you type bootcfg into a command prompt.


  spikeychris 16:07 03 Mar 2003

Should be like this

[boot loader]



[operating systems]


\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

\WINNT="Windows 98" /fastdetect

  spikeychris 16:09 03 Mar 2003

The above assumes you are using WinXP Pro and Win98 is on partition 2


  Davepy 16:23 03 Mar 2003

Thanks spikeychris you are right it is winXP Pro.
By partition I take it that you mean hard drive 2(D:)
Has that boot.ini got to be the same on both discs or just on Win XP

  Davepy 16:41 03 Mar 2003

Spikeychris this is the boot.ini from Win98 disc:-
[Boot Loader]
[Operating Systems]
C:\ = "Previous Operating System on C:"
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT = "Windows XP Installation/Upgrade"

The Boot.ini on the XP disc is almost the same as the one you have shown.


  spikeychris 17:14 03 Mar 2003

Sorry for delay, very busy, does the bootini in XP say this..

[boot loader]

timeout=30 (or whatever it is set at)


[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP
Professional" /fastdetect

D:\="Microsoft Windows"

  Davepy 18:01 03 Mar 2003

This is what is on XP
[boot loader] timeout=30


[operating systems]

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

c:\="Previous Operating System on C:"

  spikeychris 18:31 03 Mar 2003

Rename "c:\="Previous Operating System on C:" to..
C:\="Windows 98"


  Davepy 20:59 03 Mar 2003

Thanks chris, will try that and see what happens.
Can't do much more at the moment, just got a job to do on win98 and I can't afford to screw anything up.

  spikeychris 19:20 04 Mar 2003

We haven't killed have we Dave?.. ;o)

PS if we have, my real name isn't Chris and I live in a little village in Sibera..

Chris... DOH!

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