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Dual-Boot Windows XP and 2003 Server - Problem

By rsmith77 ·
I have tried a number of fixes but still have not found a solution. My configuration is:
c: 40G Windows XP Pro (primary OS)
d: 250G 2003 Server (secondary test OS)

WinXP Pro is booting fine, but 2003 Server just after the first reboot during installation comes back with "Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrup: <windows root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe Please reinstall a copy of the above file."

I changed the system attributes of the ntldr and ntoskrnl.exe and renamed them, then expanded the files to the root of the boot drive (c:) and changed the attributes of the files back to +r+s+h. rebooted - no fix

I then booted off the 2003 Server CD and did a repair console with fixboot, but still did not fix the problem.

Any ideas or see where I may have blown it?

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they need to be on separate volumes

by sgt_shultz In reply to Dual-Boot Windows XP and ...

and install xp first
but if you did all that then look carefully at boot.ini. mskb sez if the path is wrong or default os is missing you'll get this error. btw you need to replace both ntldr and ntdetect in case you didn't. you can recreate the boot.ini file using bootcfg /rebuild. hih

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