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how to boot multiple copies of XP

I have restored a ghost image to a second partition hoping that XP would automatically create a boot window when the system restarts. That isn't so.

Do I have to reinstall windows manually on each partition?

Regards kjc
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You've got to edit your boot.ini file: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289022

Not sure if it'll work without doing a reinstall or not, but certainly worth a try.

If you started with a single OS and never did a full install of a 2nd OS, you may well not even have the necessary multi-boot data structures and boot records at all (there may not even be a boot.ini file to edit).

You could do a full install, or you could try Fixboot and fixmbr -- backup first, there is some risk of losing the existing system.

Another option, of course, is various 3rd party multi-boot utilities.

One warning here that you didn't mention:  If the partition that you backed up and then restored was originally a single-boot OS on drive C:, and you restored it to a new partition, that partition will probably have a drive letter other then C:, and as a consequence may not work due to the change of drive letter and partition assignments, your multi-boot issues not withstanding.
The best way to multi boot xp os is to install manually to specific partitions or h/d's.
Boot from cd each time, select fresh install and browse to each partition or h/d to install.
When you boot your pc you will have a list of the operating systems to select over a period of 30 seconds.
The safest way to have multiple copies of XP is to install them independently on seperate partitions. You can have any number of them this way. Install first on the C: drive and subsequent on different partitions. You can have them on the same partition also but different directory names but thts not reccomeneded as it can cause problesm in intersharing files. The BOOT.ini file entries will come automatically when u install in seperate partitions and is the safest.

kjcduffyAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for your comments. I'm sorry with hindsight I should have shared the points.

Regards kjc

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