Failed dual boot setup

February 24, 2010 at 12:47:27
Specs: Windows 2000
I have win 2K on the 1st partition of a 2 partition Sata HD.
I installed a secon Hd with 3 partitions and after disconnecting the 1st hd tried to install Win XP - despite setting BIOS options to boot from CD first and then HD - no response - sys diak error. Tried several times with Sata cable on different MBoard slots - same story. In frustration decided to install XP on 2nd partition of !st HD ( With 2K on its 1st partition) Before the install got to the installation stage I panicked, fearing it would overwrite 2k etc, so cancelled setup. So I should have only one OS ie 2k but whenever I boot I get firstly a wrong sytem disk -press any key error and then an option to boot from 2k or XP
I would like to get my system back to where it was - no errors no options - just a straight boot to 2k - HOW DO I DO THIS .... PLease help.

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February 25, 2010 at 09:30:45
Presumably - as is so often the case... - you don't have valid W2K ERD? So...

Boot up via W2K CD to access Recovery Console); run recovery console - fixboot/fixmbr routines...

Then reboot to W2K; (via the path detailed below to edit boot.ini) set W2K as default OS to boot; and then edit boot.ini to remove references to XP etc... via:

MyComputer\Properties\Advance\Startup-shutdown-option - settings...

There is an "edit" (boot.ini) button at that location...

Once able to boot tp W2K as per norm... make and keep safe an ERD for W2K. Keep it up to date - as in if you make changes to the system; renew the ERD - and label and date it too?

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