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dandl
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December 15, 2015 - 9:02 am
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I am in the process of re-configuring my XP machine from a triple boot when I got this on the post up screen "INVALID BOOT.INI BOOTING FROM C:\WINDOWS". If you google this one will find a ton of info but none of it would work on my machine except for one little tidbit of info from Neosmart, where Easy BCD comes from. I was finally able to trace down the culprit from a folder entry put their by Easy BCD. Finding and fixing are two different things, I have an older XP machine that I use in my shop and I had to copy and paste the ntldr, ntdetect, and the boot.ini onto a thumb drive and copy the ntldr and the ntdetect to the root of my C:\ and copy and save the boot.ini from the old machine to the one I am re-configuring. It is now booting normally. I was then able to delete the unwanted folder.
The moral of this post is be careful of how you use Easy BCD.

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David Hartsock
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Multibooting is complicated and one simple "problem" can leave you dead in the water, which is why I recommend VMs for most people.

Glad you got it sorted.

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One really needs to learn the BOOTCFG for XP and the BCDEDIT commands for Vista and up and not rely on EasyBCD.
I have W7 in a VM on this machine already am seriously thinking on installing Ubuntu 14.04 and play with it for awhile but I do not have as much control in a VM as I would in dual boot with XP.

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