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have you already tried the default admin password of: [SPACE] then [ENTER] ?

In most cases this is the default recovery console password and a serious security hole. ;)
 

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Merc said:
I figured out how to edit my boot.ini file and messed around with it a bit.

[boot loader]
timeout=15
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
C:\CMDCONS\BOOTSECT.DAT="Microsoft Windows Recovery Console" /cmdcons

I found if I added the line

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="win2k pro" /fastdetect

I get an error and it won't boot. It throws me back to the boot menu and I boot xp..... everything ok.

If I add

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\f:\winnt="win2k pro" /fastdetect

I get an error message "<windows root>\system32\hal.dll is missing or corrupt.

there are some fixes for this posted on the 'net but they are a little beyond me.

do these boot ini lines look ok? BTW win2k is on a separate HD labeled as F:
ok I'm not sure what your trying to do anymore, but as far as your question on the boot ini lines, no they are not correct to load the OS on another physical drive.
You need to specify the new disk in the disk section of the line:
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\f:\winnt="win2k pro" /fastdetect
should be:
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\winnt="win2kpro" /fastdetect
this is of course only if the Win 2k install exists on the first partition of this other drive.
 
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