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I do not have a choice of OS when my dual OS computer boots up???

Posted on 2001-06-04
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Does anybody know or have experienced this problem before. For some reason it will not give me a choice of OS on bootup - on a new install. It did it correctly the last time I had such a setup.

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duvall
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by:stevenlewis
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go to control panel, system, startup, and set the time so you will have the choice. If that doesn't work, you will have to manually edit the boot.ini
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The settings are normal - It just will not work correctly!!! Actually I have two questions: Not only to know how to fix it - But, how could this have happened on a new install???????
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could you post the boot.ini here? also which os is it booting to?
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It is a win98/win2000 system that is supposed to boot to win2000.
Here it is:
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT"Microsoft Windows 2000 professional"/fastdetect

It does not even list win98!!!
This is ONE drive with two partitions - one for each.

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It is listing w2k as being on the first partition. where was 98? was it on C:?, and did you install w2k on d: or maybe by accident chose the upgrade instaed of a clean install? From w2k, can you see the other partition and the windows directory? also check to see if you have the file bootsect.dos in your root directory
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by:duvall
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I put 98 on the D drive so that 2000 could have the C (which would be my primary.
No, it was a clean install.
Yes, I see the D drive.
And I do not know how to find the answer to your last question... Please explain how to check on that.

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Bootsect.dos cannot be found if I do a file search!
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check in c:\ and in d:\ or make sure you have show all files selected, and search for it
bootsect.dos (this is the file that has all of the 98 boot info, and is needed to boot to w98
In the future, I strongly recommend having w98 on c: and install w2k on d: (also this is what MS recommends)
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by:duvall
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I'll do as you say - and re-set it up on different drives.

THANKS!!!!!!!!!!!!
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this may help
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q238/3/59.ASP
do you still have d:\windows?
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Make sure you set up w98 first, otherwise it will overwrite the bootsector. the proper order is setup w98 on c: and then w2k on d: and all will be good
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