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- Nov 2009
[SOLVED] Unable to boot to Windows after Karmic install
My desktop has two hard disks partitioned for use by Windows XP and Kubuntu. After some deliberation, I decided to install Karmic afresh from the alternate cd after formatting the existing Kubuntu 9.04 install. Install process itself went through fine. What I missed by oversight was that I had recently swapped the first and second hard disks.
After install Grub simple displayed Error 15 before even before displaying the menu. I realized my mistake of screwing up the MBR, went back and tried to reinstall grub more than a couple of times after correctly identifying hard disks. Nothing worked, and there was a time when I could not even boot to Kubuntu.
Now my situation is:
1. When I try to install/reinstall Grub alone through the rescue option, the installer goes through "Install base files" which shows debootstrap failure and I can do nothing but abort installation
2. When I resintall Kubuntu (after "/" format), the installation goes fine and I can access Kubuntu without problems
3. I am unable to boot to XP no matter what - when I choose the XP option in Grub it simply displays "GRUB " on the screen
4. I cannot simply run a Windows XP rescue since I dont seem to remember ever giving the Administrator password
What I have tried:
1. Re-writing MBR through couple of FDISK utilities in Hiren's Boot CD
2. Re-writing MBR through ms-sys package available from the Debian Etch repositories
3. Reinstallation of Grub and Kubuntu (as provided in the steps above)
/dev/sda1 - Primary - NTFS - Windows XP
/dev/sda2 - NTFS
/dev/sda3 - NTFS
/dev/sdb1 - NTFS
/dev/sdb2 - NTFS
/dev/sdb3 - SWAP
/dev/sdb4 - EXT3
Is my only option to reinstall Windows? Please help!
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- Nov 2009
Don't know how effective this was, but ultimately solved it.
1. After correcting the primary and secondary hard-disks I installed Windows XP in another folder on C partition of primary drive. This install recognized the current installation and re-wrote the MBR.
2. After the install, I followed Microsoft's standard way to remove the new XP installation - in my case I deleted the "c:\boot" and "c:\WinXPNew" folder.
3. Finally I reran Grub from rescue mode in Kubuntu cd.
4. This got everything back to normal (almost) except that the two non-primary paritions were missing on the first drive. Ran a couple of checks on these partitions and had to "unhide" those - no idea how that happened