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Stupidly I deleted two linux partitions, including the recovery partition on a system dual booting with Windows Vista. The windows partitions are still there, but when I turn on the computer I get the message "Grub Rescue command" and it just sits there. What do I do? Thanks for whatever help anyone can provide.
First, which distribution and version of Linux were you dual-booting?
Was one of the partitions you deleted the system file partition of your Linux distribution?
Were you using the Linux Grub bootloader to dual-boot?
If you were booting with Grub and deleted the system partition, you deleted the Grub files needed to boot. Most Grub files are on the system partition with a small piece in the mbr if you were using it to dual-boot.
What are your intentions? Do you just want to boot windows? Get your dual-boot back? To get windows you will either need to use the repair option on your installation CD/DVD. If you don't have an installation CD/DVD, you might google to find something you can download to do it. If you deleted the system partition for your Linux version you will probably have to reinstall.
Three options maybe. Either reinstall Linux, which will overwrite the existing Grub, reinstall Windows from the recovery partition (and destroy all your windows files) or reinstall the Windows Boot Manager.
If you made a Windows recovery disk, that will do it; otherwise you might find my comments on a current thread useful:
I rarely boot windows so haven't had any use for a boot repair disk but you might try an internet search if you don't have an install CD. If you know someone with vista who has the CD you could always borrow it.