Dual Boot Win XP and Win2000

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I am running, or was running, XP Pro and installed Win2000 to a second Partition. Is there a way that I can boot back to WinXP? I get the option to select XP but it errors out. It tells me I can attempt to repair this file by restarting Windows 2000 by using the set up CD and selecting 'r' for repair. Do I have to format to get XP back up and running? I need 2000 for 1 application and am using XP for all the rest.

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You don’t have to reformat. Just boot from a bootable XP installation CD and re-install over the existing XP partition. Your data will remain in tact and you will still have a dual boot 2000 and XP machine at the end of the procedure.

regards
Paul.

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  • Zettnerr
    Thanks Paul. Doing the XP Install now. Thanks for the tip Randy
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  • XXXLDOG
    You have to install Windows 2000 first ... then Windows XP .... The details are here: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/learnmore/2000xp.mspx
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  • JojoDaddy
    Just to generalize on the load sequence, always install the later OS last. For example, you could have loaded Windows 2003 Server after Windows XP because the former was release after the latter. The reason has to do with the boot files (among them ntldr and ntdetect.com), which are backwards compatiable. As you have already loaded Windows 2000 (older than XP), then you can reload XP or just copy the two files I mentioned above (they are hidden OS files by default) onto the root of your boot partition (most likely "c"). Reloading XP is the safer option.
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