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Old 02-17-2007, 06:50 PM   #1
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Reformatting under Xubuntu back to Win2k


Okay, I'm new to linux in general. I installed Xubuntu onto a Dell Pentium 3. However, I came to a conclusion that I didn't want to put up with the problems I would have in Linux than I would have in windows, so I wanted to install win2k onto this machine and leave it at that. I put in the cd for Win2k, and then I realize that it was only read-only and it would not let me start up the setup.exe file.

Being the newbie that I am, I figured that reformatting the drive in windows and sticking it back in would solve my problems. However, it didn't. When I shoved the drive back into the dell and started it up, I got a partial start up into Xubuntu and Error 17. Is there anything I can do to solve this problem and install Win2k?

All help is appreciated.

Thanks.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 07:31 PM   #2
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fdisk /mbr
 
Old 02-17-2007, 07:48 PM   #3
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Can you clear the mbr from a different computer by using windows??
 
Old 02-17-2007, 07:59 PM   #4
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hmm, from your original question, i'm going to say no. it may be possible, but you would be better off just logging in to the xubuntu computer and do it
 
Old 02-17-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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re-partition the drive. The 2K CD should do it on install.
 
Old 02-17-2007, 10:14 PM   #6
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Windows will sometimes look at a Linux drive and conclude it is defective*. You can "wipe" the mbr from within Linux with this:
(Assumes 1 ide/pata drive)
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda1 bs=512 count=1

Or you can use a utility such as dban to wipe the drive.

I hope you give Linux another chance someday....

* You would think that MS would make it EASY for people to go back to Windows---perhaps they are not that smart.
 
Old 02-19-2007, 06:30 PM   #7
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Cool

Well, the problem got solved.

I had to wipe the MBR and then find a bootable Win2k cd. I didn't know there were non-bootable Win2k disks out there. I will be a repeat customer of Linux, it's just now I don't wanna deal with the issues of running Linux when it's my only computer. Thanks guys!
 
  


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