Hi, I'm trying to have a dual boot XP and 2003. They are installed in two different hard drives. However,when I boot my PC goes right to XP. I'm able to see the other hard drive with win 2003 files on it. Here's my boot.ini look like

[boot loader]
timeout=20
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 /NoExecute=OptIn


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How did you install Windows 2003? It should have edited your boot.ini file. However, you should be able to edit it to look like this and it should work.

[boot loader]
timeout=20
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 /NoExecute=OptIn
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Standard" /fastdetect

commented: Good one! -- dlh +2

Hi there,

I had exactly the same problem. What I'd done was install XP Pro on the C drive, then Server 2003 on the D drive, then found that XP had problems so I had to format the C drive and reinstall, which meant the boot.ini only recognized XP Pro.

I edited my boot.ini file very similar to the one given by nicentral, except for the Server 2003 line which was as follows (because it was installed on a logical partition on the same physical drive as XP):

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Standard" /fastdetect

This didn't work. It seems that when I installed XP after Server 2003, it caused a couple of files to be overwritten on the boot partition (where the boot.ini is located - in this case the C drive) with the XP versions of these files. All I had to do to get round this was to boot into XP, copy the "NTLDR" and "NTDETECT.COM" files from the Server 2003 CD to the root of the C drive (overwrite the existing versions) and hey presto, I can boot into Server 2003!

Hope this is useful to someone else and saves them some time!

Hi,

Great stuff. it worked like charm

Hi there,

I had exactly the same problem. What I'd done was install XP Pro on the C drive, then Server 2003 on the D drive, then found that XP had problems so I had to format the C drive and reinstall, which meant the boot.ini only recognized XP Pro.

I edited my boot.ini file very similar to the one given by nicentral, except for the Server 2003 line which was as follows (because it was installed on a logical partition on the same physical drive as XP):

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Standard" /fastdetect

This didn't work. It seems that when I installed XP after Server 2003, it caused a couple of files to be overwritten on the boot partition (where the boot.ini is located - in this case the C drive) with the XP versions of these files. All I had to do to get round this was to boot into XP, copy the "NTLDR" and "NTDETECT.COM" files from the Server 2003 CD to the root of the C drive (overwrite the existing versions) and hey presto, I can boot into Server 2003!

Hope this is useful to someone else and saves them some time!