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    Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    I just added the hard drive from an old Windows ME computer as a slave to my XP (home edition) Dell computer (that is, Win XP was loaded onto the computer first, then, later, I added the second hard drive) and would like to be able to use the dual boot function.
    Is there any way, short of reinstalling XP, that I can make XP recognize the ME as bootable?
    Thanks for the help
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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    I'm not sure how you can make it a duel boot sence ME is not part of the master boot record, but I can tell you how you can boot to WinMe by using BIOS settings. But in order to do that your second Hard Drive { WINME } would need to be set up as a Secondary Master. And to be quite honest in my opinion it is always better to have your second Hard Drive Set up as a Secondary Master anyway. But thats just my Opinion for what it's worth. If you want to be able to boot up to WinMe all you have to do is set it up as a Secondary Master. Go into Bios And make IDE-1 your 1st boot device and then save and push enter and it will boot up to WinMe. When you want to boot up back up to WinXP go back in and make your 1st boot device IDE-0 and save and push enter and it will boot up to WinXP.

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    It is possible.

    To do so, make sure you have your Windows XP Installation bootable CD ready. If not, create four-floppy set using procedure from MSKB Article 310994

    Then copy following files from the root of your D: drive to the root of your C: drive:
    io.sys
    msdos.sys
    command.com
    autoexec.bat (if exist and not empty)
    config.sys (if exist and not empty)

    Then right-click autoexec.bat and from pop-up menu choose Edit. Change any reference from C:... to D: Most important: add the line
    D:win
    Open config.sys with Notepad and do the same.

    After this, press Windows key and Pause/Break key on your keyboard simultaneously. System Properties will appear. Click Advanced tab, then Settings button under "Startup and Recovery" (the third one), and click Edit button under System Startup. On the next window, add the line
    D:="Misrosoft Windows ME"

    Save and close all windows.

    After rebooting, you may have Windows loader damaged. If so, boot from your Windows XP Installation CD and choose Repair. Also try to boot to Windows ME.

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    Ouch. <img src=/S/drop.gif border=0 alt=drop width=23 height=23>

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    Except for having to change the D: in your suggestion to F: (for some reason the slave is my F drive, the D is my CD, probably because I added that second drive last), I followed every step carefully. No damage seems to have been done to the Windows loader.
    Now, when I boot up, I get the screen giving me the choice of XP or ME. If I select XP, all goes well; if I select ME, the computer recycles through the Dell splash screen to the choice screen again. Where have I gone wrong?

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    There must be some sort of work-around to Ma Dell. Does anyone have any suggestions?
    Many thanks.
    George

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    George, Do a quick google search of 'edit boot.ini: http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navc...q=edit+boot.ini. This may help. You'll get lots of hits that could give hours of endless reading pleasure <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    You did not go wrong, other than buying a Dell. Some Dell machines do NOT like to have any other OS installed except ones from Dell. Dell is NOT alone on this, a lot of the larger OEM's have configured the machines to run their way to provide better support.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Dual Boot from 2nd Hard Drive (XP-Home Edition)

    These are exactly the symptoms I had before I carried out the steps in <post#=233252>post 233252</post#> to replace the BOOTSECT.DOS.

    I think what had happened was that when you select the Windows 98 bootstrap from the BOOT.INI menu it looks for the file BOOTSECT.DOS. This should have a copy of the original Windows98 boot record. In my case it had been replaced with a copy of the Windows XP boot record, so it just cycled round the BOOT.INI again!

    StuartR

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