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Old 07-29-2013, 12:37 AM   #1
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BootMgr Missing Windows XP reboot using Linux

The Set Up:
My friend asked me to take a look at his laptop. It is an HP Pavilion dv4000 laptop 2002. The specs are-
IntelŪ PentiumŪ M processor 1.60GHz
1.60 GHz, 504 MB of RAM
74 GB hdd
"Designed for Windows XP"

The viruses on this mother were so bad that I had to do a reinstall and for some reason, I'm trying to figure out why I did it now, I installed Ubuntu 12.04 on it, knowing I was going to have to install XP back onto it. (At the time I thought I would have an easier time running ubuntu to do the reinstall.)

The Problem
The issue that came to me when trying to install the Windows XP ISO using Linux via USB. (???) Why didnt I just make it while I still had the XP?Would have made my job so so much easier. And since I am not running any Windows OS's on any of my own computers, I either have to leave my place to borrow a friends computer, or usually the answer is on which is down :!:

Sigh... So I created my pendrive Windows XP. I rebooted and recieve error message BOOTMGR Missing Press Ctl + Alt + Delete to reboot, and this results in an endless loop of reboots.

So of course I search engine it. Tons of people have ran across this issue. Its very common, yet from Linux not so simple. Basically I have come to conclusion my answer is to use another windows system to install
onto my USB.


According to this post on via this link and this post my solution is not using Linux.

Can anyone answer this? It could also help anyone in the future searching for this answer, which is mostly why I made this so throroughly descriptive, thank you.

Here are a few more useful links:

(And YES, I have to do this from a USB no disc drive avail.)

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Old 07-30-2013, 01:09 PM   #2
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I have never used xp but, from what I have read in the past and from looking at the comments at several of your links, xp was not designed to boot from a flash drive. Although it is apparently possible, it takes a lot of knowledge and is a lot more complicated than using something like unetbootin or pendrivelinux, neither of which can be expected to create a bootable xp flash. Both sites have a list of supported operating systems and although it may work on systems not listed, it is not expected to. The methods I have seen require a windows isntallation of some version. Several of the links you posted above refer to methods of creating a bootable windows flash drive but they all also refer to vista and xp.

So I created my pendrive Windows XP.
How did you do that?

If the bootmg is missing, you may be able to use another xp CD and copy it from there, I don't know.
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Thanks for the response. It really helped me with the desicion on my next step to take. Here I have the same thread posted with very detailed information of the steps and progress for this particular situation. Thanks
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The real issue is that m$xp always wants to be on drive C: (i.e.sda1)

To get around this, grub has the map command

map hd0 hd1
map hd1 hd0

swaps the first two physical drives in a way acceptable to m$xp.


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