help w\ tri-boot system
I have a slight problem. I have a tri-boot system (ME on C: W2K on D: (1 physical HDD) and WIN XP PRO on another HDD) and my ME is hosed. Will not boot in safe mode. My question is: if I reinstall ME will this break the boot loader. If it does, then what can I do short of reinstalling everything again?
After reinstalling ME you'll have to repair XP to get back the boot menu. While you're doing this you can create a floppy that will boot w2k and XP for you - format a floppy using XP or w2k, then copy to it, from C:, ntldr, ntdetect.com, and boot.ini - booting with this floppy will bring up your boot menu and get you into w2k and XP.
After I boot from the floppy, will this reconstruct the bootloader on the C: or will I have to repair?
The floppy just enables you to use XP and w2k before you've repaired the normal boot.
would booting from the cd do the same thing......also, if i repair the bootloader in xp, will this also allow me to boot into W2K or will i have to a repair in W2K also.
no it won't break the bootloader/ntldr. all you need to is make a dos bootable, enter into pure dos delete those program files directory and the C:\windows(or where ever me is installed) directory and run setup.
I have done this so many times...for the nth time guys runnin any Win9x setup after Win2k/xp has been installed...doesn't break ntldr.
Trust me on this one...
check the following thread
Last edited by Swordfish; 07-02-2002 at 09:12 AM.
Booting from the CD will only run setup. Repairing XP will restore boot for both XP and w2k. Repairing w2k will not restore the boot for XP, because the w2k ntldr file will not start XP, while the XP ntldr file can start both.
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