I cannot get back to my XP install and could really use some help!
OK, my setup before installing win7 beta:
disk1---(2 partitions) 1st had XP installation 2, the second had data.
I formatted the 1st partition(former xp 2) to make way for beta win7
disk 2--(3 partitions) 1st had vista home, 2nd had vista ultimate, and 3rd was xp(the one im trying to save.
I formatted the 1st partition(vista home) and made it a data partition.
I had a funny multi-boot at this point(for a long time) that worked.
The vista bootloader offered either of the vistas, or xp.
When you choose xp, the xp loader would offer its dual menu to choose which xp to boot.
I know I'm crazy, don't rub it in!
So, everything still worked/booted after removing vista home and xp2(at this point I have XP1 and vista ultimate. Then I installed win7 beta to the 1st partition of disk one.... Successfully.
After this the win7/vista bootloader (seems like the same thing) gave me 3 choices:
When I choose older, it shoots an error mentioning ntldr (not the typical xo one).
Boots to vista or win 7 fine.
When I look at the xp partition from vista, the main system files were gone (boot.ini, ntldr, ntdetect, etc).
I replaced them with ones from yet another installation, but no change. I tried editing the xp boot ini, changing the disk and partition to boot from.
I also have VistaBootPRO 3.3 installed. I tried to add an os, but that just made 2 xp non-working entries.
If there is someone that can follow this insanity and wants to help, I would be very happy. My XP install is my fav.
Edited by FrankOtheMountaiN, 11 January 2009 - 08:16 PM.