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Missing Boot Options

By KnightRiderX
Aug 14, 2006
  1. Can someone help me. Windows used to give me the option of booting between XP and Vista Beta but after repairing XP, Windows does not give me the option anymore. I haven't changed anything in the Vista partition. I don't know what to do to make the option screen before XP boots up come back again.
     
  2. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    check your boot.ini file
    go to ms website you can get correct line txt to enter
    like example
    your vista os files are in D:\winnt and your xp os is C:\windows
    should read something like this
    [boot loader]
    timeout=30 <----this sets the time it takes to see the prompt screen
    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" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\winnit="Microsoft Vista" /fastdetect
    need to find out where you have the 2nd os
    I would never place 2 os's on same partition in same dir
     
  3. KnightRiderX

    KnightRiderX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    I have the 2nd OS on my other hard drive. it is the 3rd partition on that hard drive.
     
  4. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    it may read like this
    multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(3)\winnt="Microsoft Vista" /fastdetect<-this needs to be fig. out
     
  5. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Instructions for restoring the Vista bootloader here.
     
  6. KnightRiderX

    KnightRiderX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Ok now that guy doesn't help at all. He begins by explaining the installing XP or 2000 on a comp which already has Vista will cause Vista to not boot and then goes on to explain how to a previous version of Windows on one that already has Vista. Didn't help at all.

    hmm, I'm gonna try something like that Samstoned.
     
  7. KnightRiderX

    KnightRiderX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Ok it didn't work.
     
  8. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    OK since this was a leap on my part
    never looked at the vista side of system
    since I have had no problems
    I have looked at my boot.ini and it shows 2 OS's there
    never looked further at vista
    found this link
    may be your best bet vista boot loader
     
  9. KnightRiderX

    KnightRiderX TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 36

    Thnx a lot Samstoned. That program is great. Fixed it with just one click of a button.
     
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