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Old 05-07-2006, 08:26 PM   #1
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Installed linux, deleted windows, reinstalled windows... major problem!


Okau... I installed Linux (Fedora Core) on my laptop, and everything went great, and I let the auto - partitioner deleted the old Windows partitions, and everything finished correctlly. Then, I was gonna reinstall windows, so I got the recovery disk provided by the computer manufactur that came with the laptop. The CD finished it's job, so i rebooted the pc. I turned it back on, and windows doesn't start up... It just says Grub_. What do I do to fix this?
 
Old 05-07-2006, 08:47 PM   #2
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Re-installing windows could remove Grub or LILO from MBR.
You should have to re-install your grub. Try to use Rescue mode from your Linux (Fedora Core) CD.

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Old 05-07-2006, 09:30 PM   #3
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Erkkk !!!
Last time I used a recovery CD, it trashed the whole hard disc, and re-installed as a fresh install. Worked, but was useless to me - took weeks to get everything back in order.
If yours was similar, it will have deleted the Linux install -> no grub stage files.

However, I too would have expected it to have replaced the loader code (in the MBR) with the ntldr equivalent. Maybe they don't allow for the fact that other boot-loaders exist.
I'd reckon you'll be up for a re-install (of Linux).
 
Old 05-08-2006, 07:01 PM   #4
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So, did you get your Windows back? Is there anyway I can just switch back to the default boot loader or reset the boot loader, or somthing like that? I just want my Windows back (I love Linux too...)!*about to cry* Does anyone have any detailed solution?
 
Old 05-08-2006, 07:24 PM   #5
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In my case, the Windows (W2K for that laptop) came back fine - but as one partition occupying the whole disk.
If you don't have a "real" XP install CD, get a boot-able DOS disk and enter "fdisk /mbr" from the prompt. Any vintage this century should be o.k.

A re-install of Linux will rebuild the dual-boot as well - might be the best option.
 
Old 05-08-2006, 09:06 PM   #6
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Are the boot disks on http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=310994 the kind to do the opperation with?
 
Old 05-09-2006, 05:24 AM   #7
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I doubt it - you'll need Windows to run the build program.
I'd go find a mate and get a bootable floppy, or get an image from somewhere like bootdisk.com
 
Old 05-09-2006, 08:24 PM   #8
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Please do not post the same thread in more than one forum. Picking the most relevant forum and posting it once there makes it easier for other members to help you and keeps the discussion all in one place.

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continue here:
http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...d.php?t=442881

Since the other thread is better so I am closing this one.

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