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Old 02-15-2013, 06:53 PM   #16
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You can also set wins recovery partition as the boot device with gparted-live or use hiren's boot cd to boot it. Also use gparted-live to unhide partition.
 
Old 02-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by spyke100 View Post
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On an alternate note: I have a recovery partition for my Windows(/dev/sda4 - if you look at the table above) and not the actual disk/key. What would be your recommendations going about that.
It just hit me: are you sure you don't have that MS "certificate" lable on the bottom of your laptop (if it's a laptop you're talking about), which actually contains the key? I just thought, they usually make recovery partitions on laptops running windows, in which case those laptops also have those certificate labels on the bottom.
 
Old 02-15-2013, 11:43 PM   #18
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If no certificate you can use
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/produc...pkeyfinder.htm
 
Old 02-16-2013, 06:29 AM   #19
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There is no need for the product-key at all to restore the Windows bootloader. Borrow a Vista/7 disk from one of your friends, boot from it and start the recovery console, then launch the command
Code:
bootrec.exe /fixmbr
Alternatively you can download an evaluation version of Windows from the Microsoft website and use that to restore the MBR.

I have a few questions:
- Why are you using Lilo instead of the standard Grub2?
- If you want to use Lilo, why did you uninstall it?
- If you want to use Grub, have you installed it to the MBR using
Code:
grub-install /dev/sda
update-grub
 
  


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