I have 2 * 80GB HDD one with XP Pro installed, which is the master and the other drive is partitioned into 2 * 37GB chunks. I installed Windows 2000 Advanced Server on the first partition of my other drive and now I can't boot into XP. I get the error message:
Starting Windows 'the loading bar_______________________________' Windows 2000 could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEMd startup options for Windows 2000, Press F8
You can attempt to repair this file by starting Windows 2000 Setup using the original Setup floppy disk or CD-ROM Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair
Anyone got any ideas what the heck has happened, or have I been stupid and installed an older OS alongside XP. I checked the boot.ini file and everything seems ok there. In that it is pointing to the right volume etc.
Help much appreciated as XP Pro was my main operating system with a lot of apps like SQL Server, and the like which I need and take ages to install and update.
Follow the advice given by Lú-tzé above and use the command Fixmbr in the Recovery Console, as what appears to have happened is that W2K has interfered with the MBR leaving you without any OS.
If this works and you cannot boot into W2K, try disconnecting the XP HD and installing W2K again, afterwards reconnecting the HD and configuring the boot menu from within XP in order to have accezs to both OS.
Well. Thanks for the responses. I looked on the MS website and there was something about installing the recovery console etc. I did that and but didn't need to use it as that seemed to enable me to boot into Windows XP??!!
MS Software has some serious issues!!! But we knew that already!!!
Cheers for the help ppl.
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