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Boot Loder Problem when working with two operating System

I am working with two Operating System(O.S)  Windows XP    and   Mandriva  when i remove one of the O.S   from hard disk i lost bootloader  and second O.S  also  so please tell how can remove one  O.S  so my second  O.S  can not loss.....

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  • Vanja Djuric
    Vanja Djuric May 11, 2010

    did you try to remove one, and lost both? that should not happen... how are you uninstalling the os you dont need?

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Best practice it when installing windows and linux install windows first and then linux. GRUB or LILO boot loader is much better then windows boot loader and very easy to reinstall. Mandriva cd should have a rescure feature that will allow you to reinstall the boot loader.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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How to remove an operating system in a dual boot?


In Windows Xp, you can install two operating systems on the same hard disk of one computer.

Whether you have two copies of Windows Xp, or two different operating systems, then you end up with dual boot machine when you restart your Windows Xp computer.

Dual boot means, the system will give you a choice of two operating system. For example, if you have two Windows Xp copies A ans B, the prompt will offer you to choose A or B to boot from.

Also, dual boot machine can be used to have Windows Xp, and Linux O.S. installed on the same computer.

In the case where you have two windows Xp copies on the same hard disk, you will experience a slow performance in your system.

If you need to delete one Windows Xp copies, and leave only one, here is how you do it:

When you restart your system, and you get a choice of two operating systems, you should choose the one you want to keep installed on your machine.

Once the startup process is done, and your computer is ready to accept tasks to perform certain functions, you click on the "My Computer" icon and locate the hard disks, removable storage devices, and more.

In the hard disk box you should see two drive icons, like "C", "D". If the copy you installed later need to be cancelled, it must reside on the "D" part of the hard disk.

This is because the "C" is where you initial copy of the Windows Xp resides, and it is the one you want to keep installed as the only copy on your computer.

The way you should get rid of the "D" copy is to format the "D" part of the hard disk. just right click it, and choose format. This will delete the Windows Xp copy you don't need.

In summary, you can have two operating systems installed on your windows Xp machine, which will offer a choice of loading one of two operating systems.

The good thing is that you can cancel one, and leave the other, and your computer keeps running.

Feb 01, 2011 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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How to reformat a computer?


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Jul 19, 2010 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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Multiboot computer, Second OS unavailable after reinstall of XP


The problem can be solved easily if the second operating system was a windows based operating system.If it was a windows operating ,the following steps will give you a solution
In order to regain the boot path for old operating system
follow the following steps
1.Insert the Microsoft windows xp installation cd into a cd drive and boot the computer from the cd
2.In the microsoft setup page select the option of R ie recovery console
3.Select the operating system in the recovery console by selecting the operating system NO eg 1 and type the administrator password
4.Type the following command in command prompt
bootcfg /rebuild it will search for existing operating system in the hard disk and prompt you to add select yes .
5.once you completed type exit

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Ntldr is compressed or ntdrl and my xp wont boot


ntldr is telling you the boot loader is not present.
reinstall the operating system or try to copy a MBR from a working computer with exact same operating system.

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Boot Loader Problem in working with two O.S


Which OS you erased first and how did you erased ?
Reinstall XP first, it will format the disk (be sure to back up all your files first). Then install Mandriva, it will detect XP and will ask you if you want to install it next to XP so you can have both or if you want to use the entire disk for Mandriva.

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Hello, I have 2 Operating Systems in a computer namely Windows XP(SP3) in C:\ & Windows Server 2003 in D:\ . I've deleted the file BOOT.INI accidentaly form X:\ drive(X:\ means all drives like...


Hi,
That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
At the command prompt, type: bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID# Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.


Dec 28, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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BOOT.INI deleted. How to re-create this file?


Hi,
That's not a virus. Boot.ini is a default file needed for Windows OS to boot.
Fortunately, you can recreate the boot.ini files

This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition. [boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect

Simple way to add operating system on a separate partition:
At the command prompt, type: bootcfg /copy /d Operating System Description /ID# Where Operating System Description is a text description (e.g. Windows XP Home Edition), and where # specifies the boot entry ID in the operating systems section of the BOOT.INI file from which the copy has to be made.

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Dec 28, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional

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OS Problem?


Hi Platinum,

You may need to remove the other operating to complete the correct booting process. All you need to do boot your system to the working windows. You may either select one of the operating system. When you are already in your desktop screen. Please follow the instructions below.

for XP
1. Click Start button, go to run then type msconfig in the box. A pop up window will show up on the screen.
2. Look for Boot.ini
3. Click on "set as default" button.
4. Click on apply then close and restart your system.


Regards,

Jeff

Oct 09, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Removing windows xp without formating the harddisk


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Aug 08, 2008 | Microsoft Windows XP Professional With...

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Boot to Vista. Then
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  • click the "Advanced" section (Vista: on the left side bar).
  • In the section that says "Startup and Recovery", click "settings".
  • Under "Default operating system", choose "Windows Vista".
  • REMOVE the checks next to "Time to display list of..." and "Time to display recovery options..."
  • click ok to everything.
Now you will need to remove Windows XP.
IMPORTANT: for the next step make sure you boot to Windows Vista. Otherwise you could corrupt your computer.
  • Go to "Start", "Control Panel"
  • Open "Administrative Tools"
  • next, open "Computer Management".
  • On the left, there's a side bar. Under "Storage", click "Disk Management".
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  • Now, If windows XP is on drive C:\,
    right click C:\ and select "Format"
  • Click "OK".
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