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Jacky Howe

you may be better off starting from scratch.

Primary Partitions can be set Active so they can become Bootable.
Extended Partitions are created to house Logical Partitions.

Perform a clean install of Windows XP and delete the Primary Partition and recreate the Primary Partition on the fly.

1. Start your computer from the Windows XP CD. To do this, insert the Windows XP CD into your CD drive or DVD drive, and then restart your computer.
2. When you see the "Press any key to boot from CD" message, press any key to start the computer from the Windows XP CD.
3. At the Welcome to Setup screen, press ENTER to start Windows XP Setup.
4. Read the Microsoft Software License Terms, and then press F8.
5. Follow the instructions on the screen to select and format a partition where you want to install Windows XP. At this stage you can select to delete the Primary Partition and recreate it. Then continue with the install.
Note: You can delete all Partitions from here.
6. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete Windows XP Setup.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316941/en-us