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brads@kwlink.com 01-07-2006 11:59 PM

Installing Windows after installing LINUX
 
I am working on a PC the previously had some version of LINUX installed on it (don't know which version.) I have been charged with re-loading Windows on this PC for another test however after all of the files have been copied to HD and it re-boots to start on the GUI part of the Windows installation it gives and error that it can not load the OS. I have deleted and formatted the entire HD with no luck. Some of my co-workers have had similar problems of re-installing Windows after installing LINUX, however at the present moment I do not know however they got around the problem of the in-ability to re-load Windows.

aus9 01-08-2006 12:37 AM

The simplest thing to do is destroy the master boot record as MS may have left the backup table in it and that may have caused some issues.

from a rescue MS floppy its
fdisk /mbr

from a rescue MS cd go into the rescue option

2) if that fails grab a live cd such as kanotix or knoppix and run the partitioning tool with root powers called QTParted to format your partitions to ntfs or fat32 etc....it will write to MBR

XavierP 01-08-2006 07:49 AM

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pixellany 01-08-2006 10:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aus9
The simplest thing to do is destroy the master boot record as MS may have left the backup table in it and that may have caused some issues.

from a rescue MS floppy its
fdisk /mbr

from a rescue MS cd go into the rescue option

2) if that fails grab a live cd such as kanotix or knoppix and run the partitioning tool with root powers called QTParted to format your partitions to ntfs or fat32 etc....it will write to MBR

Ummmm....fdsik /mbr RESTORES the mbr, it does not destroy it...

Does not a clean install of Windows start with partitioning and formatting?? I've never had this issues after maybe 10 iterations of installing Linux and the re-installing Windows.

For the ultimate solution, get a copy of Darik's Boot and Nuke. This is a complete bootable floppy with a really nice disk wiper.

naren_0101bits 01-08-2006 11:03 AM

hello,
I think the problem is with your master boot record. If it is so, you can just try one method to work it fine.
Boot your system with a boot disk and type the command
fdisk/mbr in the command prompt. That will remove the wrong or unrecognized entries of mbr, so that the system can boot well.


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