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Old 01-15-2012, 06:41 AM   #1
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Need to upgrade Linux?

My Windows XP Compac computer will not boot. I bought a Ultimate Boot CD and am able to bootup with that but only to Linux. Linux will not install any downloaded files. Mostly i get the error that the child process has not been activated. I've searched all over hell for that one. I've searched all over hell for anything that will help me solve these probs. Most help says to try things that i can't do because Linux does not work with Windows, i assume. Right now the error is BootMgr is missing. Then it says to press Ctrl,Alt,Delete to restart and it does the same thing over. Most commands in Linux, using Linux commands, Linux says it never heard of. This all happened with a BlackSOD crash caused by a Windows update or a Virus. I'm a newbie with Linux as well as Windows. I've been using computers for the last 10yrs, and i still don't know much. I don't want to be a Geek, i just want to fix it and move on. Life's too short at 62. So, i've come to the conclusion that to make any progress. i need to reinstall Linux or Upgrade? I never did like Linux but that's what i'm stuck with.
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To fix the boot issue of your XP do this:
1. Boot from your XP installer CD and start the recovery console.
2. Launch these commands:
3. Press CTRL-D to restart the machine.
Old 01-15-2012, 12:51 PM   #3
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Need to upgrade Linux?

Your a brave man, to answer a question from someone named grumpy. I forgot to mention one important thing, Microsoft has blocked the reregistration of Windows. It seems i reinstalled it without reregistering, and Microsoft has blocked the registration until i pay them $59,what a bunch of crap. Is there a workaround for this? We are on a fixed income and the wife is threatening to cut me off.
Tried your suggestions and i just got a stop error. CDFS_FILE_SYSTEM *** STOP:0x000000026 Physical memory dump complete.
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$59 seems like a fair price for Windows, but I bet you don't have to pay it.

Get on the phone with Microsoft and explain the situation, tell them your hard drive died (or whatever the actual situation was) and don't take no for an answer.

Also try Compaq, tell them you lost the restore disk or whatever, they will probably be willing to send you a restore disk for a nominal charge.

I love Linux, so does everyone else on these forums but we are also sympathetic to your familiarity with Windows, so I think it's best to get that working first, then once you're less stressed maybe you'll have fun learning about Linux as a side hobby.


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