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Old 06-06-2011, 06:24 PM   #1
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get grub rescue> computer wont boot windows xp


Im evidently new to the linux community and I installed Ubuntu 11.04 to my harddrive on an older computer to test it. I dont know if it was a dual boot or not, i got a prompt boot either windows or ubuntu. I wanted to uninstall ubuntu so, i deleted the partition that it was on from windows xp, and didnt reformat the disk space. when i restarted my system the option to enter set up and boot menu is available. The screen after that says, "error: no such partition." grub rescue>

I inserted the live cd and the ubuntu loading screen comes up and it just stays there, its like it can't figure out what to do. I was hoping that would restore it, but I guess not. I read some other thread and since im new to linux and getting my hands dirty with computers, im having trouble making sense of it. could someone who knows what im going through help me?
 
Old 06-06-2011, 06:28 PM   #2
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With deleting the Ubuntu partition you deleted a part of the bootloader.
To restore the Windows bootloader follow this procedure:
1. Put in your Windows CD and boot from it.
2. When asked how to proceed press 'r' for recovery console.
3. When the console has started, launch the command fixmbr
4. Reboot.
 
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Old 06-06-2011, 06:43 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help. I hoping i could avoid having to use the windows CD because I lost the copy I made years ago. I did put the live cd back in and waited awhile and now its going into the set up process. Could that restore functionality to windows again?

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If you install Ubuntu it will automatically show up your Windows installation in the Grub bootloader. Removing Ubuntu again will render your system unbootable.
 
Old 06-06-2011, 06:54 PM   #5
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Ok, so that means I should just get another copy of xp to be safe and restore all functions? Even though I'm not a fan of windows it does have its benefits.
 
Old 06-06-2011, 06:57 PM   #6
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Im using the system with xp as a test computer to try out different distros of linux. im glad i chose that one and not this one.
 
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Im using the system with xp as a test computer to try out different distros of linux. im glad i chose that one and not this one.
You should be good with your windows installation, when you installed ubuntu grub became the boot loader and then when you removed ubuntu it removed part of grub.

To repair you need to install a linux distro or use your windows disk and with xp I think the command was fixmbr. If you install a linux distro to the same partitions that ubuntu was installed then everything should work again.
 
  


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