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#1 Johnz414

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Posted 13 October 2007 - 05:27 PM

Hi Anyone,

I have 3 OS on 3 different hard drives, 2 IDE and 1 SCI.

Is there a way to get the boot.ini file to recognize all OS on your PC automatically.

I've gone to msconfig to see if I could do this at the BOOT.INI tab there but no luck. It only checks the OS listed to see whether or not it's OK.

So, I've done some creative copy, pasting and "save as" to try to include the other OS in the boot.ini file. The boot.ini file will recognize the IDE OS but not the SCSI OS.

This is what I've listed in the boot.ini:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

As I mentioned I tried including the SCSI OS as:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

But the boot.ini file didn't except it.

What am I doing wrong here?

In previous instillation's this worked maybe with a bit different wording though. So, what am I doing wrong here?

But really isn't there a way to update the boot.ini file automatically?

Anyone?

Thanks.

John :thumbsup:
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Posted 13 October 2007 - 07:46 PM

I would:

Go to Recovery Console...run cfgboot command to see list.

Then run bootcfg to rebuild.

But you may want to:

Start/run/msconfig...click boot.ini tab...push Check all boot paths button.

Either one should accomplish desired goal.

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Posted 14 October 2007 - 06:55 AM

It depends on the OS's that you're using. In general, Windows will only recognize Windows OS's

But, there are ways around this (such as this article for Linux): http://linuxgazette.net/issue36/larriera.html

If any of the OS's aren't Windows, I'd suggest posting in that OS's forum for answers from people with more experience that I have (I shy away from other OS's myself). http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/f/76/operating-systems/
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