Booting XP Pro

By rjsmith2007 ·
I have a 30 GB hard drive with XP Professional installed. I can mount it as a slave and view all of the files via another hard drive with Windows Vista installed. When I attempt to make problem disk the Master Drive and boot it, I get the messege "ntldr missing, press any key to restart".

I have an XP Home edition disc that I can boot to windows recovery console. I ran fixboot and fixmbr, and I also copied ntldr and ntdetect.com to the problem hard drive. I cannot run a repair install of XP, which I am assuming is because I am using a XP home disc rather than a XP Pro disc. Should I try to get an XP Pro disk, and do a repair install, or would I even be able to?

I currently use Windows Vista on another hard drive, but would like to get the XP Pro installation working without a format.

What are your suggestions, comments, or ideas?

Thanks Ryan

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xp pro boot problem

by jordanspcrepair In reply to Booting XP Pro

yes, you need to get an xp pro disk, and do a repair install on it.

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Repair Install Not Working

by rjsmith2007 In reply to Booting XP Pro

Ok, since the repair install via XP Pro does not solve the problem, I tried the recovery console via a XP Pro CD. I did fixboot, fixmbr, and copied the ntldr and ntdetect.com files to the hard drive. Still the same problem.

I can get the files from the hard drive when I set it up as a slave, but I would like to get the registry from the installation. I know it is located in the SAM file in the System32\config folder. But how can I extract it and then make it viewable so I can save it. I would really prefer a GUI application to do so. If you know of any type of application that can extract the registy from the sam file, let me know, and please provide a link.


PS: Would having another operating system on another hard drive prior to plugging in this hard drive make a difference? I am only keeping one hard drive active at a time. I have the bios set to automatically select the master drive. I have reset the options in the bios as well.

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No more NTLDR and NTDETECT in vista

by fernando3181 In reply to Booting XP Pro

Boot sequence of Vista is totally differ from XP there is no more NTLDR and NTDETECT in vista.In vista When the system is booted

1.First it checks with BIOS .
2.Then control goes to MBR(master Boot Record).
3.Then control goes to PBR
4.Then control goes to Boot.mgr
5.Then control goes to Winload.exe
6.Then control goes to NTOSKernal

So there is chance to work both vista and XP in same Active partition.
So if it is a upgrade installation of vista.We can revert back by using WINRE mode in vista or Load XP in another partition.

Keep in Mind Boot sequence followed by vista is not followed by XP.So you cant see NTLDR and NTDETECT in vista.

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