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I am trying to get Xp running after deleting my linux partitions and i keep trying to load up XP on the base NTFS partitions that come on the disk and once it finishes the setup and tried to boot up windows i get "error loading operating system" after it detects the ide drives. i need a program that will set my Entire hard drive to 0 i dont have a floppy drive so i need a cd program ive been seraching for 2 weeks now and i havent been able to find a program that will do the right thing. if anyone knows of a cd based program that is FREE that can boot on startup to erase the harddrive to zero PLZ PLZ PLZ help ive been without a working computer for 2 and 1/2 weeks!!!
Originally posted by Malacus i keep trying to load up XP on the base NTFS partitions that come on the disk
Sounds like you're trying to leave the original partitions in place. Do you need some data thats on them or something? If not, have you tried using the XP installer to remove all partitions first then create new ones? Also as mentioned above, try fixmbr or fixboot from a recovery console. I've recovered many a broken bootup with that.