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- arch linux
Is your system still trying to boot with GRUB?
If so, boot with a Windows emergency boot disk and run: fdisk /mbr
Boot with the Windows XP installation CD and from the recovery console type: fixmbr
Doing either one should rewrite the MBR and remove GRUB, and once GRUB is gone, you should be able to reinstall Windows.oz
About your updating problems: I bet it was because of missing DNS server entries for the network-device. We could have helped you. You can still install Fedora on a free partition and use a dual-boot system then.Windows free since 2002 | computing since 1984
07-09-2006 #4Originally Posted by ozar
I'm really novice to all these grub and windows settings.Guys can u explain me in some simple way.. thanku very much. i went to this local comp tech. i think he was jerk. he couldnt help me. so for me u guys r the only way.
Linux uses a different bootloader than Windows. The comm solutions in Linux are Lilo or Grub. Fedora uses grub as default. A bootloader is installed at the very beginning of your harddisk, before any operating system like Windows or Linux.
When you install a Linux distro, it's bootloader will usually overwrite the Windows bootloader (unless you tell the system not to do so) at the start of the harddisk. Linux bootloaders are dual-boot capable, the Windows bootloader is not. But: The Linux bootloader needs of course a working Linux system so it can use the configuration file thazt is stored on the Linux partition. If you flatten the Linux partition, then - of course - the config files for the bootloader will be gone. But the first sectors of your harddrive (=Masterbootrecord / MBR) were not reformatted at all. They are still "formatted" for the Linux bootloader, resulting in a computer telling you "hello? where are the configuration files? Where shall I proceed, huh?".
If you reinstall Windows, it will not be able to boot again, as long as you do not partition separately the MBR for a Windows bootloader again. Thus, you will need either a bootdisk with which you can restore the MBR for Windows or you will have to boot the Windows CD in rescue mode (I think it was F8 ) and launch the MBR repair-command. The commands are described above. Once you have done that, reboot the system and you should be able to use Windows again.
Hope that makes sense.Windows free since 2002 | computing since 1984
07-09-2006 #6Originally Posted by Kojak
The bootable CD will do. Hit F8 (IIRC), go to the Windows rescue-terminal and type at the prompt:
That's it.Windows free since 2002 | computing since 1984
07-09-2006 #8Originally Posted by fookju
07-13-2006 #9Originally Posted by gruven
Weird...yeah.. i did quite the same thing. i installed win'98 first and then my xp. lol .Problem solved Thanks.
I'm lost too!Originally Posted by fookju
Edit...I read your last post.... Great my problem is solved too.....