Bootloader

23 06 2009

They say condemn the sin and not the sinner and then I haven’t had much disgrunts about Windows if I think back of the days when I was purely a Windows dudette. I do prefer OS X over Windows but not so much so that I’d let bashing Win XP dominate my days here on this earth. But why did I do this one?

I’ve gone back to dual booting as you may well know. I’ve no idea what went wrong but PC_EFI alone wouldn’t do the dual boot trick for which I turned to chain0.

Setting it couldn’t be easier, and in XP too:

1) Download and unzip chain0 to C:\ – or whatever drive your XP installation currently resides.

2) Go to My Computer > Properties > Advanced tab > Settings. And from the System startup section, click on Edit:

3) Notepad should open boot.ini file with texts similar to the ff:

[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 Professional” /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

4) Add the ff. line:

C:\chain0=”Mac OS X”

5) Close and save the file when prompted.

You can make some changes to make things a little more interesting. Here’s what I did on mine not because I hate Windows but just for kicks: