Unable to Restore Windows XP on Toshiba Lapto

Toshiba Satellite m55-s139 notebook
September 6, 2010 at 23:12:56
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6 GHz CeleronM/1G
I have a Toshiba Satellite M55-S139. I formatted my C drive and now I'm trying to run the Recovery Disk that came with the computer. I put the Recovery Disk in the computer and the process starts. It says it's going to erase my hard drive and replace it with the original default system install. I elect to continue. I watch the progress bar as it copies all the files. The restore completes and it tells me to remove the disk. Then it restarts and I just keep getting the Toshiba screen--it turns black and then comes back on again but never boots up.

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#1
September 7, 2010 at 07:51:37
... as it boots up tap <F8> <key> select "safe mode"

... just to see if it will boot into safe mode if not try "safe mode with command prompt"

... do you have any other options (menu) with your recovery cd ie. command prompt?


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#2
September 7, 2010 at 09:57:33
When you say it comes back on again do you mean the Toshiba Boot screen like it keeps restarting?

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#3
September 7, 2010 at 12:45:39
It won't boot in safe mode. I don't know how to do if from the command prompt and I don't get a command prompt. I never saw the option for one when I use the Recovery Disk.

Yes the Toshiba splash screen keeps coming up but not Windows.


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#4
September 7, 2010 at 12:56:45
The whole reason I got into this mess is because I installed Ubuntu 10x as a dual boot on my system. It didn't work very good so I tried to take it off. In the Ubuntu Help Forums they told me to delete the partitions, which I did. Then my computer wouldn't boot at all.

I got a Custom XP Fresh Install Bootable CD from bootdisk.com and was able to format the C drive and then run the recovery CD.

I just put Ubuntu back on and selected Windows XP on startup. Windows booted up.

So at least I've got it back now even if it means sharing the computer with Ubuntu.
I can live with this but would like Windows to be at the top of the list of operating systems instead of Ubuntu. As it is now, unless I select Windows on startup, Ubuntu will load first.


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#5
September 7, 2010 at 13:21:50
easiest way to remove ubuntu is to boot from your windows disk then go to the system recovery console and repair the bootrec so that it loads with windows boot manager instead of grub. then boot into windows and delete the linux partition in the disk manager.
If your windows partition is there then try these steps to get back into windows.

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#6
September 7, 2010 at 14:21:52
... thx for the further info "booch221"

... I suggest you boot up with win98 boot disk (cd iso here scroll to bottom of page, wait 40 sec's click download) then type:

FDISK /MBR [press enter]

... then reboot!


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#7
September 9, 2010 at 23:02:24
I did a lot of searching and most of the proposed solutions require a Windows installation CD.


My computer did not come with Windows XP installation CD, it just came with a Toshiba Recovery CD, which is not the same thing. And I could not create a Boot Disk because my laptop doesn't have a floppy drive.


I finally figured out how to remove Ubuntu from my computer and get it to boot in Windows XP. I had to do a complete reinstall of Windows. This will cause you to lose all your data, so backup before proceeding.


You need a free program called MbrFix. To use it, You must log in as administrator in Windows Safe Mode.


Start your computer.
Arrow down to Windows
Hit Enter and tap the F8 key immediately.
Log in as administrator.


Open your browser and go to:
http://www.sysint.no/products/Downl...
Download it. If you can't find it Google MbrFix


Then extract the contents to C:\
Go to Start, click on Run and type 'command'
This will open a terminal.
Type 'cd\'
You will get a C:\> prompt
Enter: MbrFix /drive 0 fixmbr /yes
Now the GRUB menu will be gone and you will automatically boot into Windows.
Next:
Delete Ubuntu partition(s) by going to to the Control Panel>Computer Management>Disk Management
Run the Recovery CD to reinstall Windows
Finished!


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#8
September 10, 2010 at 07:19:17
... alternatively the red link in #6 is a CD iso image and following the instructions would remove the Master Boot Record allowing the recovery cd to work!

... "booch221" I am glad you are sorted ... "there is more than one way to skin a cat"

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#9
September 10, 2010 at 08:43:04
mavis,
Thanks for the information. You solution sounds simpler to implement than mine.

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