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Old 03-05-2008, 02:53 AM   #1
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Unhappy Windows no loading after dual boot installation

hi guys i am having a problem. I have installed Redhat linux 7.3 . i already had windows Xp installed. now after the installation when i start my pc. i do not get any option which os to load ie linux or Xp.

Although i have taken full care during installation. i have installed linux on d drive. and windows was on c drive. i guess there is some problem with loader... could you please suggest solution so that i get two options ie which os to load. when i boot my pc.

Also is there any way to check wheather the windows are intact. or i screwed them?

Old 03-05-2008, 05:58 AM   #2
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You might have installed Linux over your windows partition. You can use a live cd to check, both puppylinux and Damn Small Linux are small download live cd distro's. If you didn't overwrite your windows partition, you can use supergrub bootdisk to rebuild grub, so you can boot into windows or linux. Here is a download link.

Good luck...


P.S. Are you able to boot into linux ? It wasn't 100% clear from your post...

Last edited by budword; 03-05-2008 at 06:01 AM.
Old 03-05-2008, 06:05 AM   #3
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You could use an XP disk and do a fixboot or fixmbr and maybe get xp back up...

Redhat 7.3? That takes me back a bit I would suggest a more modern distro.
Old 03-05-2008, 08:07 AM   #4
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Thanks guys for youe suggestions... but i knew somehow that my windows are intact n there is just minor problem so the solution is :

boot up RedHat and log in as root user. Open /boot/grub/grub.conf file and add this code at the end of file:

title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd0,0)
chainloader +1

title Windows XP
rootnoverify (hd2,0)
chainloader +1

Anyone in same situation must try both one will surely workout..

Thanks guys for ur help



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