Can't boot Windows after deleated Linux

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June 15, 2010 at 07:41:15
Specs: Windows XP
About five months ago, I double-booted my Windows XP computer with Linux's Ubuntu 9.10. I partitioned my hard drive so I could run either windows or ubuntu. About two months ago, Ubuntu failed so I stopped using it. I just recently went and deleted the partitions with the live cd to give Windows more space. When I went to restart, there is an error saying that the GRUB boot loader can not be found. I realized that this is because I deleated the partitions.

Now I need to get some way to be ablele to get back to windows because I use that computer on a regular basis. I have no idea what to do!


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June 15, 2010 at 07:46:43
You need the bootloader. The problem is that even after you reinstall Grub you will still need to add Windows to it. I am not much of an expert in Grub so you will probably need to post this in a Linux forum.

If you just want Windows then you will need to boot off of the Windows System Disk into the Recovery Console. Then run the following commands to make your other partition bootable...

or you could try doing a Repair Install...

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June 15, 2010 at 10:08:23
Hi there,

Boot from windows 98 startup disk and use the command below.

a:\> fdisk/mbr or fdisk /mbr

May be this can solve the issue.

Best of luck

Imran Khan

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June 15, 2010 at 12:28:50
Running FixMBR from the Recovery console should do it. This rewrites the MBR to look for NTLDR instead of Grub as it was doing previously.

I would be wary of using the Windows 98 fdisk /MBR. It might work but the chances are it wont.

Best use the tools that were designed for Windows XP and not something that pre-dates Windows XP by about four years..


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