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chiefnz
28-02-2004, 04:57 PM
Hi guys friend of mine has decided to jump on the Windows XP bandwagon...

He's currently running Windows 2000 but before he goes over completely to XP he wants to dual boot it.

What I want to know is if I install XP on his 2nd HDD will I automatically get a dual boot menu or will I have to install one.

cheers
chiefnz

Chilling_Silently
28-02-2004, 06:02 PM
The Boot Menu will be automatically setup by WinXP, with XP being the default. This is easily changable of course ;-)

If your friend wants to, why not, its dead easy and shouldnt be much of a hassle.


Chill.

JohnD
28-02-2004, 06:11 PM
You will end up with a (hidden) boot.ini file that looks something like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Win2k Novell LAN" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Win2k Local" /fastdetect

This one is for two operating systems on the same drive so your drives and partitions will be different.

However this should all happen automatically as Chill says.