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Reversing dualboot (XP and 2000)

By jeepgirl
Feb 27, 2004
  1. Hey all...

    Okay I feel like a freaking bonehead, BUT I got some misinformation on dualbooting my system. I was not informed that one should install 2000 server BEFORE XP pro. My system originally had XP Pro on it alone.

    So. I installed 2000 server to make a dualboot, onto the slave drive, and kept XP Pro on the Master. I thought that this would keep things nice and seperate, so my XP would not become corrupted.

    I built a new system and took that slave drive out of my original system and placed it in the new one... going to reformat and reinstall server 2000 anyway (it has only been installed for a couple of days). Now on my original machine, it will NOT allow me to access XP. I know that I need to get in and alter the boot.ini file, that's understood, however I cannot even select XP at the boot menu.

    When I do, it gives me an error about 2000 sever, stating that I need to use the repair ool on the disc.

    What the hell???

    Is my XP fubared now? What can I do to get this baby back up and running?

  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 6,503

    Hello Jeepgirl, and Welcome to TechSpot!.

    I hate to tell you this, but you will have to start from scratch.
    The installation sequence of OS's is: W95/W98/W2K/ME/XP/W2K3
    This is an iron rule, that you may not deviate from.

    So, get your disks out, make a big pot of coffee, get a nice book and settle in for a long session...
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