Originally Posted by aus9
The simplest thing to do is destroy the master boot record as MS may have left the backup table in it and that may have caused some issues.
from a rescue MS floppy its
from a rescue MS cd go into the rescue option
2) if that fails grab a live cd such as kanotix or knoppix and run the partitioning tool with root powers called QTParted to format your partitions to ntfs or fat32 etc....it will write to MBR
Ummmm....fdsik /mbr RESTORES the mbr, it does not destroy it...
Does not a clean install of Windows start with partitioning and formatting?? I've never had this issues after maybe 10 iterations of installing Linux and the re-installing Windows.
For the ultimate solution, get a copy of Darik's Boot and Nuke. This is a complete bootable floppy with a really nice disk wiper.