|In response 9 you said:|
"I personally do not need win 2000 anymore. so basically i want my XP home back."
so, after having used the Sony Recovery disks to restore the drive and XP Home, why, did you install Win 2000 again???!!!
If you did not do as I suggested in response 6 and wipe out the existing partitions, use the Sony Recovery CD set, then make a new partition for Win 2000 to be installed on, you have a different situation and it may still be a a mess!!
"- see the instructions on the manufacturer's web site about how to do a system recovery in this situation, and what you have to do to a messed up hard drive before using the recovery CD set.
In my case I wiped the drive (deleted all existing partitions), make one partition. The Recovery CD set then formatted the drive and did all the rest. It automatically made a second partition, labelled as logical drive D: - your Recovery partition.
The Product Key was automatically installed, and Windows was already Activated when it was through.
- there are additional steps you need to do after the Recovery CD set has run it's course - install Microsoft Updates, etc. - see the manufacturer's web site.
- resize the C: partition using XP? or a third party program that can do that, so that the partition logical C: is on is smaller, and so that you can make a third partition to install Win 2000 on the free space made available by doing that.
- install Win 2000 on the third partition
- you will probably have to take some additional steps if you want to be able to choose either Win 2000 or XP Home each time you boot."
"So basically i now have W2k (new) in drive C
W2k (old) in drive D
XP home on drive E
i.e. just 2 folders winnt and windows. "
What you are calling the XP Home on drive E
partition sounds like it's the Recovery partition for the Sony Recovery CD install!!
"i.e. just 2 folders winnt and windows"
If it was the XP Home partition you normally see as C: with just the Sony install on the hard drive, it would ALSO have at least a Program Files and Documents and Settings folder!!
"W2k (old) in drive D"
Are you SURE that's Win 2K? Can you tell the difference between a Win 2k and an XP Home partition? - they would look very similar.
I'm gong to assume the situation you may actually have is:
W2k (new) in drive C
XP Home on D
XP Home Recovery partition on E:
If that isn't what you actually have, the following will not give you the desired result, and you will have to START ALL OVER AGAIN!! If you actually have Win 2k on C and D, at best you will be able to boot either of two Win 2k installations, and you will have NO XP Home partition to select - you will only have the Recovery partition for XP Home, and no way to make use of it!
Insert the Windows 2000 CD, start computer, press a key to boot with it.
Let it load the files for the the first part of Setup - that takes a few minutes.
At the end of it loading those files, it asks you if you want to Repair your Windows installation or similar .... - press r
You go to a black screen, white text - that is the Recovery Console. It asks which Windows installation you want to repair - press 1, enter (don't just press enter).
It may then prompt you for a Password:
- if the Windows installation has no password, there are no asterisks - *'s - just press enter in that case
- if there ARE asterisks - *'s - the password is the same one you used as administrator for that Win 2000 installation - case is important (upper or lower case)
- it then goes to C:\Windows and a prompt, a square white box
( it is a prompt symbol just like > )
At the command prompt, type bootcfg /rebuild, and then press ENTER. This command scans the hard disks of the computer for Windows XP, Microsoft Windows 2000, or Microsoft Windows NT installations, and then displays the results. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to add the Windows installations to the Boot.ini file.
For example, follow these steps to add a Windows installation to the Boot.ini file: a. When you receive a message that is similar to the following message, press Y:
Total Identified Windows Installs: 1
Add installation to boot list? (Yes/No/All)
b. You receive a message that is similar to the following message:
Enter Load Identifier (my note - type something or you will see NO TEXT LABEL when you boot)
This is the name of the operating system. When you receive this message, type the name of your operating system, and then press ENTER. This is either Microsoft Windows 2000 or Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition.
c. You receive a message that is similar to the following:
Enter OS Load options
When you receive this message, type /fastdetect, and then press ENTER.
Note The instructions that appear on your screen may be different, depending on the configuration of your computer.
Type exit, and then press ENTER to quit Recovery Console. Your computer restarts.
DO NOT boot the Windows CD this time.
The updated boot list should appear and you see the "Please select the operating system to start" message.
If there was only one Windows operating system found by bootcfg /rebuild the computer will automatically boot without showing you that message. That means bootcfg found only one valid operating system -
you will have to START ALL OVER FROM SCRATCH!
If there were two or more Windows Operating systems found by bootcfg /rebuild , you will see that message, and can select either one, or let it time out to the default one.
If there are two or more Windows operating systems, try both of them, one at a time.
If they both boot, check out whether you are looking at XP Home or 2000. If they are both 2000, you will have to START ALL OVER FROM SCRATCH!
If one of them won't boot, you have to take some additional steps.
Insert the Windows 2000 CD, start computer, press a key to boot with it. Press R at the first opprotunity to Repair Windows to go to the Recovery Console again. Do the same initial steps
At the prompt
type: fixboot (press Enter)
type: fixmbr (press Enter)
The computer will reboot.
DO NOT boot the Windows CD this time.
Both Windows installations should boot when either is selected.
Bootcfg does not delete the existing boot.ini - it adds new entries that are listed before the older ones.
You can remove the old entries, at least one of which may now be invalid.
Control Panel - System - Advanced - Startup and Recovery - Edit - maximize the window - delete the entire lines below the lines below [operating systems] that were not detected by bootcfg.
Choose File in the top left corner - Save.
If there is now only one operating system listed after [operating systems] in boot.ini, after you reboot, your computer will now boot without prompting you to select operating systems.
If the text label you chose to give the operating selection while booting is incorrect, or you didn't give one or both of them a label, you can also edit the lines in boot.ini so that they are correct.