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Old 10-03-2004, 02:54 AM   #1
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How can I make a Windows boot floppy in Linux?

How can I do this in Linux? I mean, how can I make a windows floppy in Linux? I finally after 5 months got XP back (need it for photoshop and dvd authoring software) and went to install Linux next to windows and when I tried to boot back into windows, I get an error message saying "missing ntldr" press any key to restart." I found out how to fix this, but I don't have access to windows to make this floppy. Is it possible I could just download it and burn it to a cd?

Just make a boot diskette with the and ntldr .
Maybe you also need the boot.ini but probably not.
Get these files from your win xp cd.
When your win xp has started you are probably very happy .
Now just install some bootloader (f.e. bootus).
Be sure you install it in the mbr!

have fun!
Old 10-03-2004, 03:17 AM   #2
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you need to be able to write to ntfs to install the missing parts or your windows root partition...

i think i remember using that to solve similar problems; i'll look into this in more detail, but it won't be until later this week. until then, let me know if the above reference helps.
Old 10-03-2004, 03:22 AM   #3
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will do and let you know. Thanx.
Old 10-03-2004, 07:42 AM   #4
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You have the tool on your CD. Boot it (and let it take its usual 5 minutes to detect hardware and load drivers for stuff you'll never have - sorry, pet peeve - could have a live-cd booted, configured and surfing the net in less time). When you get to the "install" screen, you'll see an option to hit "r" to go to recovery console. Hit it. You'll get a DOS-like prompt. Type
and reboot. You should boot into Windows (yes, Linux in not accessable at the moment). If so, its pretty easy to reinstall lilo or grub from there (we can show you if necessary).

NOW BEFORE YOU DO THIS......................

First look into your bootloader config and see how you're booting Windows. Under your menu.lst (grub), in your "Windows" stanza, do you have the line "chainloader +1"? What does your /etc/lilo.conf file have in it regard to Windows? One line (or word) may fix it all.


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