[10&XP DualBoot] Invalid boot.ini ntoskrnl.exe missing

Discussion in 'Windows XP Installation and Setup' started by tasnim_tamim, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. tasnim_tamim


    Jan 15, 2019
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    Hi there,
    Attempted to dual-boot Windows XP SP3 Nov2013 on my Samsung N150P netbook with pre-existing Windows 10 installation. My initial plan is installing XP on this 10 installed machine on a different 21GB partition and using EasyBCD, make a Win10 and WinXP dualboot. Have Windows 10 installed on a 95GB C: partition and Windows XP on 21GB D: partition.

    But however, after the installations "Copying files" part the PC rebooted to this error -
    Invalid boot.ini
    and some error message with starting with the C: drive letter
    Windows could not start bgecause the following file is missing or corrupt
    <Windows Root>/Windows/system32/ntoskrnl.exe

    For this I can't complete the Windows XP installation. To restore my BCD to at least get to boot on Windows 10, I had to use my phone's DriveDroid and boot-rescue-disk linux to burn Windows 7 iso on my USB thumb drive and then using BCDEdit to restore it.

    I had tried to dual-boot Windows XP and Windows 7 before in the past on the same machine, and it worked fine (though it had the same error, once I gotten rid of Ubuntu from my multi-boot system and used EasyBCD to recover the BCD).

    I have tried everything I could possibly can, like writing a boot.ini file on that D: partition's root directory and copying the ntoskrnl.exe on the root and windows file of the partition (I should mention that ntoskrnl.exe is present on D:\WINDOWS\system32, even though the error says I don't).

    At this point I am clueless. Is there anyone who can help me in this situation please? Thanks a lot.

    I used -
    16GB USB Thumb drive to burn the .iso
    Installed Windows XP Professional x86

    My spec -
    CPU - Intel Atom N550
    GPU - Intel GMA 3150
    RAM - 2GB
    HDD - 300GB

    tasnim_tamim, Jan 15, 2019
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  2. tasnim_tamim

    Computer semi-expert

    Jan 13, 2019
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    What, if any, parameters does your boot.ini file have for XP? Sometimes the order of the parameters can cause trouble.
    (Assuming you have an XP CD) follow the steps in this article: http://icrontic.com/article/repair_windows_xp
    Computer semi-expert, Jan 15, 2019
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