95, NT4, 2K triple boot, now I can't start NT

Microsoft Windows 2000 professional comp...
September 10, 2010 at 13:36:32
Specs: 95/NT4/2000, P2-300Mhz/256MB
I'm trying to triple boot Windows 95 OSR2, NT4 SP6a, and 2000 SP4 on a very old computer.

I installed 95 first, then NT4, then 2000. After I installed Windows 2000, I couldn't start NT4. Win95 still works. I thought Windows 2000 was supposed to automatically detect NT4 during installation.

I set up the drives like so
Partition 1 - 2GB FAT 16 - Win95
Partition 2 - 4.2GB NTFS - NT4
Partition 3 - 13.4GB NTFS - W2K

Partition 1 - NTFS - Addition storage space.

So I added NT4 to the boot.ini file, but when I select it in the OS menu, I get the message that NTOSKRNL is missing from Windows 2000 root/system32.

However, I checked both the NT4 and 2000 system32 folders, and NTOSKRNL is not missing from either. What am I doing wrong?

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September 10, 2010 at 13:57:45
I suspect that you have a problem in boot.in.
Post the contents f you need help with this.

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September 10, 2010 at 14:25:17

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows NT4 Workstation"
C:\="Microsoft Windows 95"

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September 10, 2010 at 15:14:11
I believe this is correct:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows NT4 Workstation"
C:\="Microsoft Windows 95"

rdisk(0) should be 0 except for some SCSI drives.
Unlike the other specifications, partition numbers start at 1.
Windows 2000 will be the default OS.

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September 10, 2010 at 16:19:23
Works great now! Thanks a million LMiller!

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September 11, 2010 at 11:50:50
Presumably you also installed NT sp-4 - prior to installing W2K?

When W2K goes in it converts any ntfs files/partitions made by NT4 it finds to the W2K version; which is slightly different... And without sp-4 being installed "before" W2K goes in... NT will not be able to see/access teh now converted ntfs areas it once could... And I seem to recall thatyou cannot install sp-4 to NT afterwards and hope it will work, and enable NT4 to see/access W2K ntfs areas - as it won't...

Quite why W2K didn't find and add NT4 to its (W2K) boot.in etc. during setup - is beyond me at this time; it certainly ought to have done so.

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