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Old 04-01-2004, 05:49 AM   #1
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recover boot loader

i hv re-installed windows xp on a dual boot machine and i have lost my boot loader? How can i recover it? i m using red hat 8.0
Old 04-01-2004, 06:24 AM   #2
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This is not an easy task. First of all, please make a backup copy of your current Master Boot Record. Then, I would recommend you to try to use the GAG boot manager. It is free software and really easy to use.

If this doesn't works, you can allways boot from the RH CDROM in rescue mode and mount your Linux partition, from there, you could access the lilo.conf, make the necessary changes in the configuration to include your new Windows XP, and run the lilo command, which will make available your dual boot again.

Good luck!
Old 04-01-2004, 08:24 AM   #3
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I once screwed up my boot loader using slackware i just started my slackware cd chrooted to my linux installation and ran lilo
Old 04-01-2004, 09:09 AM   #4
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shouldn't be that hard if you have a bootfloppy: boot into linux with your bootfloppy, reinstall lilo or grub (depends on which you use) and add a line for windows in the config-file of your bootloader (should be in /boot/). More explanation on booting windows with a linux bootloader will be in your the config-file of your bootloader

You can always fix your windows-mbr by a doscommand "fix \mbr" (or something like that)


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