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windows xp/vista bootloader problem

windows xp/vista bootloader problem

Postby kyle1 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:06 am

I recently partitioned the harddrive on my dell machine running windows vista and installed windows xp. I installed dualbootpro on xp and have just recently tried to set up the boot manager. After the boot manager screen came up, I tried to load vista for the first time after installing dual bootpro and after trying to load it went back to the bootmanager screen. I then tried to load XP and "windows failed to start" and got the following error message.
File: \ntlder
Status: 0xc000000
Info: The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt.

I feel really in over my head as I only have enough knowledge to get myself into trouble like this. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Re: windows xp/vista bootloader problem

Postby NT50 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:54 am

Insert your Dell Vista OEM disk and boot to it.
Do a Startup repair
This should get Vista back up and running.
As for XP follow the guide below now that you got it installed.

Dual Boot Trouble Shooting Guide / Vista Running
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Re: windows xp/vista bootloader problem

Postby kyle1 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:54 pm

I tried running the repair tool from the Vista DVD and wasn't having much luck. I switched the hard drive to the AHCI setting as opposed to ATA and was able to get Vista to run. Do you think this will effect how I change the boot files on Vista using the guide you mentioned previously? Thanks again!
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Re: windows xp/vista bootloader problem

Postby kyle1 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:35 pm

I can't seem to find the boot.ini file by searching my computer though I have unchecked the hide protected operating system files. Any idea of where I could find this file or how I could create it?
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Re: windows xp/vista bootloader problem

Postby NT50 » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:46 pm

1. Your boot.ini may be missing now, you can create it via notepad.
2. Your XP will probably not run now since switching back to ATA. You will need to use a program like nLite to create a bootable XP disk with the proper drivers for your harddrive controller. Once done you will need to reinstall XP.
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