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By hari19580 ·
hai,

i have a hard disk of 20 gb capacity and i partioned into 5 nos: the C,D,E,F-Drives are Fat32 File System and G-drive is NTFS File System. then i loaded windows 98 in the C-Drive (fat32) and Windows XP in the G-Drive (NTFS). the machine is ready to Dual boot and was working fine untill i upgraded Windows 98 to Windows 2000 Advanced Server, also i upgraded the FAT32 FS to NTFS. After then my Windows 2000 is loading normally with out any problem, but Windows XP is not loading at all the error says "Windows 2000 cannot able to find the file or it may be corrupted \windows\system32\config\systemd
It may be repaired by using WIndows 2000 CD using the repair option while booting through CDROM".

i had done the repair using the Windows 2000 cd
but still the problem exists.

any body please help me

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by wcp In reply to dual boot problem

You cannot dual boot on NTFS. You should have kept C drive with FAT32.
You may try to convert the C drive to FAT32 using Partition Magic 7.0 or 8.0.
I have not done this before so I do not know what to expect.

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by wcp In reply to dual boot problem

My big mistake. I wish I could withdraw my answer.

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by wcp In reply to dual boot problem

Please refer to Microsoft Knowledge Base Q283433. It addresses your problem and provides an answer.

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by hari19580 In reply to dual boot problem

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by bb11772 In reply to dual boot problem

Yeah, that is a big headache. Your files for XP got smacked hard. I think XP isn't expecting a NTFS partition upon it's boot. Dangerous as it sounds, I had multiple OS's booting off one 40GB drive and it worked flawlessly until I did pretty much the same thing you did.

MS doesn't support/nor recomend dual booting but it can be done. My teacher showed us the trick to do it and warned against using any type of partitioning software. On my machine I got MSDOS 6.22, Windows 98, WinNT 4.0 Workstation, WinNT 4.0 Server, Win2K Pro, Win2K Advance Server and WinXP Pro to multiboot. I know, way overkill. I just wanted to see if it could be done. It can and like I said, worked seemlessly until I accidentaly ran an upgrade.

Trick isto install in order from oldest to newest. And in between each new install, make sure to copy the ntldr and boot.ini files to maintain stability. It's been awhile but I think I had to copy back the ntldr once or twice to make sure it didn't get rewritten over thus not losing any of the previous OS installations. Even then, it's not gtd to work. But when I had the same problem as you, I sure was cured of dualbooting in the future.

Ben Eric

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by hari19580 In reply to dual boot problem

hai,

thanks for ur help,
actually the same when i try to switch on my system it was crashed, and all the datas i had in my HDD are gone by its way. i had brought a new HDD and loaded safely with multi booting system needs given by Microsoft and now it was fine to work,

any way thanks for ur answer,

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by TheChas In reply to dual boot problem

When you installed W2K, you wiped out the XP version of ntldr and boot.ini, along with io.sys and ntdetect.

You might be able to repair things by booting from the XP CD, and running the recovery console.

Chas

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by hari19580 In reply to dual boot problem

hai,

thanks for ur help,
actually the same when i try to switch on my system it was crashed, and all the datas i had in my HDD are gone by its way. i had brought a new HDD and loaded safely with multi booting system needs given by Microsoft and now it was fine to work,

any way thanks for ur answer,

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by mrjay67 In reply to dual boot problem

recovery console is the answer. I would use the XP version since its the latest and greatest. I did the same thing except I went from win2kpro to Adv. Svr. It took me till the next day to figure out the problem. It is something with the Boot.ini but i tried rewriting it manually and also copying the original version(which i backed up). Nothing worked except using a utility from recovery console that redetected my installations and rewrote the boot.ini. You may get duplicate entries this way. You can edit out the old lines once you get the new ones working.

this should help you

Jason

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by hari19580 In reply to dual boot problem

hai,

thanks for ur help,
actually the same when i try to switch on my system it was crashed, and all the datas i had in my HDD are gone by its way. i had brought a new HDD and loaded safely with multi booting system needs given by Microsoft and now it was fine to work,

any way thanks for ur answer,

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