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hi,
i was using win XP and side by side i have intalled ubuntu. Now i have removed ubuntu somehow but due to this i was not able to start win XP as well because link to boot file has been there in ubuntu.
I have that win XP installed in C: which is not accessible.
I have installed another copy of win XP in another drive to keep on working But i want the old windows which is not accessible to be loaded instead of fresh copy.
So if anyone can tell me that how i can gain access over that old windows than it'll be very useful for me.
Posted 8-May-12 20:15pm
preet881.2K
Edited 8-May-12 23:27pm
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SAKryukov at 9-May-12 9:01am
   
Do you know where the GRUB data is? Perhaps you removed the partition created by Linux where you had the GRUB table. That could be the only problem. Did you save this data? If not, restoration of the OS boot still should be possible but more difficult, needs some thinking. Besides, you need to boot some rescue system to have something to start from.
--SA
preet88 at 10-May-12 0:01am
   
i have installed a fresh coy of the windows and i have access to the drive where the old coy of windows Xp is present but still not able to fix this problem
SAKryukov at 10-May-12 19:16pm
   
Hard to say without trying and looking at the present configuration. I used to fix such things pretty painfully several times, but each time you need to see what's going on. How about restoring Linux installation with GRUB? You will be able to remove it later in a more accurate way, when you restore the ability too boot both systems.
--SA
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Solution 1

This is a sample of a default Boot.ini file from a Windows XP Professional computer.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
This is a sample of the above Boot.ini file with a previous installation of Windows 2000 on a separate partition.
[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
 

Guys if you have similar problem you can follow the link
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022[^]
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SAKryukov at 10-May-12 19:14pm
   
Why do you think boot.ini is accessible? The master boot points to the partition where Linux was installed and then this partition was removed or, say, formatted...
--SA
preet88 at 14-May-12 0:24am
   
but the boot.ini will always reside in c: and in my case i haven't formatted the windows which was firstly installed(in c:) and then ubuntu was installed in different drive
SAKryukov at 14-May-12 15:12pm
   
C: is not a disk. This is a letter symbol assigned to a partition. But master boot might not point to the partition... and it does not have an idea on drive letters.
--SA
preet88 at 15-May-12 0:03am
   
i have told you that in my case it was installed in c:, i think you havenot read my comment properly i have mentioned that i have installed windows n c:
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Solution 2

I just came across a Linux utility used to create bootable Live drives which can also be used to load a number of system utilities for system rescue. It's called UNetbootin. Please see — it can help you to rescue your system:
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/[^].
 
—SA
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