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How can I restore my O/S?

By iCompute ·
I am running XP on my system and decided to partition the hard drive, with Partition Magic, to install Linux. Found out the hard way, it can't be done. I lost my O/S. Any suggestions on how I can re-install? I have a copy of XP that I made from the new computer but, would like to get the old one back up and running. Hopefully I didn't fry it.

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boot in dos mode use debug and write in hex or.............................

by lawrephord14 In reply to How can I restore my O/S?

boot from cd OR boot from floppy in dos mode and hunt for registry or bios conflict or missing files

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On which partition sits XP?

by ken.louis In reply to How can I restore my O/S?

Used a partition manager to re-assign my partitions (Solaris 9, SUSE-Linux, WinXPh). Neglected to change WinXPh boot.ini to reflect new partition location, thus WinXPh failed to boot. Other partitions worked fine.
MAny Linux/x86 Unix can mount FAT partitions with command similar to :" mount -PCFS /c#t#d# /a ". If this can be done, then boot.ini can be accesed from the Linux / Unix for editing. Easy way, copy original boot "path" from boot.ini for each additional partition, and change the target number to refect all possible partitions. Tedious, but you will hit upon the right one eventually and can edit boot.ini from inside WinXP.

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