My PC came with OEM XP-home on partition 2 (follows a hidden install in partition 1). After a couple of years, I aquired XP-pro and created a new partiton 4 at the end of the drive and installed it there. Works just fine. After everything proved out, I thought to move partition 4 down to the original space of XP-home, and use partition 4 for Linux, so I took Acronis true-images of partitions 2 and 4, restored 4 into 2 and changed boot.ini to tell XP-pro it was now in partition 2. This worked fine also. So I had partitons (1) hidden (2) XP-pro 2 (3) data (extended) Just before installing Linux in 4 I felt a need to put the original XP-home (from 2) in primary partition 4 in order to check some program settings. Did the same image restore as when moving (4) to (2), changed boot.ini as approriate, but surprisingly, although XP-home boot starts, and gets to the point where i have dark-blue top and bottom light blue in the center and the XP logo, the next thing which should be immediately adding the words 'Windows is starting up' does not happen. Everything just stops at that point. Have I overlooked some other startup setting I should have done apart from boot.ini, or is this peculiar to the OEM install which expects to find itself on partition 2 ?.... or any other suggestions please ?