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I am going to attempt to load another version ;) of windows on a partition on a hard drive in my computer currently running XP Pro. Found some notes on MS's web site, says:

 

"Specifying the Default Operating System for Startup

If you have more than one operating system on your computer, you can set the operating system that you want to use as the default one for when you start your computer:

Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.

On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.

Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to start when you turn on or restart your computer.

Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds for which you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts automatically.

 

To manually edit the boot options file, click Edit. Microsoft strongly recommends that you do not modify the boot options file (Boot.ini), because doing so may render your computer unusable."

 

Can anyone tell me how to edit the boot.ini file to give me the option at startup to load the alternate OS instead of XP Pro?

 

Or, will the other OS show up there after it is installed so I won't have to manually edit the boot.ini ?

 

 

Thanks

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default boot.ini for XP should look similar to this:

 

[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="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

 

This tells the system where to look for the OS... in this case, the primary IDE, Hard Drive 1, partition 1.

 

If you installed the other Windows OS to the same HDD, but a different partition, you should edit to look like this:

 

[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="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(x)\ABCD="Other Microsoft Windows OS"

 

Where X is the partition number, and ABCD is the root level folder, usually X:\Windows or X:\WINNT

 

You can open the boot.ini file up with notepad, wordpad, or any other text editor.

 

For more info :google:

 

(click him.. he goes to google. :P)

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