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Multiboot computer, Second OS unavailable after reinstall of XP

I reinstalled Windows XP on a computer with two different operating systems. It seems that the master boot record was wiped of any record of the second operating system. Is there some way to restore the second operating system so that I can boot to it, besides reinstalling it again? This is the way in which I have solved this problem in the past. I cannot alter the boot.ini file to recognize the second partition as it is now. How can I fix this without reinstalled OS #2?

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  • iahawki81 May 07, 2010

    I appreciate the suggestion, however it did not solve my problem. I attempted to run the bootcfg /rebuild command to get my pc to recognize the second OS, Server 2003, two different times, once with no options and second time with the /Fastdetect option set. Any other suggestions?

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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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