XP does not boot, Win 2000 does

January 21, 2009 at 09:48:03
Specs: Windows XP Pro, AMD5200 RAM 2048
I wondered if someone could give me some advice. I changed my motherboard to new and in the process drive names changed. Ihad XP pro on E drive, which is now C drive. I had Win 2000 Pro on the same drive, and upgraded it to Win XP pro. I tried to change the names back to what thay used to be, but it did no work out. Now it can only find the Windows 2000 when I boot. When I select Windows XP at start-up (at least I think it is Xp, only says Windows), it says "i/o error accessing boot sector file multi(0)disk(0)partition(1) \bootsect.dos".

Win XP Pro CD can't find the installed XP either, so I can't get to the recovery console. Win 2000 seems to work. I don't want to install XP again, due to the programs I have associated with it. I don't know if it has anything to do with boot files, but I guess I could modify them in Windows 2000. I could use some help.


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January 21, 2009 at 11:20:15
Normally you do a new install of OS's with a new mainboard.

Also sounds like perhaps you didn't put the drives back in in the same order.

Please post your boot.ini for review.

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January 21, 2009 at 14:16:09
If you did indeed "upgrade" your 2000 to XP, why is it that 2000 boots? That doesn't make any sense. If you replaced the 2000 install by upgrading, then it no longer exists; therefore, it won't boot.

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