Oh yes, and I think I nearly drove myself nuts while learning about all those "confusing possibilities"! No, but I have never noticed anything different whether running EasyBCD in XP or Win7. "H", the first partition on the drive where Win7 is located. I used to have Win7's loader on my first drive, but now I can get to Win2K (or out to XP) from my first drive without having to go through Win7's loader ... and I can boot Win7 either via Grub4Dos on the USB stick or by using "Select Boot Options" at machine startup and going directly to my third drive. That is my point. EasyBCD either modifies or removes-and-replaces the original ntldr when adding XP to the Win7 loader. No, replacing the easyBCD version with an original ntldr from the XP installation disk will get rid of "Invalid boot.ini file" when going back to using only the original XP loader ... ... and with that understood, I will not bother going back and re-creating a "problem" (as I would see things) here in my system to show you the different Properties of "ntldr" -- "Modified: (current date and time)" -- after EasyBCD has been used to add XP to the Win7 loader.