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  1. #1

    help me --serious trouble

    i deleted(formatted) ubuntu installed in a drive from windows control..

    now windows is unable to boot

    is there any chacne i can recover windows by recovery console

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    Join Date
    May 2004
    arch linux
    Yes, boot with the Windows XP installation CD and from the recovery console type: fixmbr

    That should restore the MBR allowing you to reboot into Windows.

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    It may be easier than that. Hopefully you have the whole bundle, including the Windows OS, on CD's that came with the PC. Set your CMOS to boot from the CD, and you will be offered the opportunity to reinstall Windows.

    That would be:

    Turn the machine off. Then turn the machine back on, but choose "enter setup" in the boot screen, and then once you enter setup, use the arrows to go to "boot". Then you can choose the CD as the first device you can boot from, save changes, and exit CMOS. Then you can reinstall Windows.

    I would think most retail machines have that option.

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    Linux Guru bigtomrodney's Avatar
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    Nov 2004
    I wouldn't go trying to reinstall windows, it's only the master boot record that's missing! For the sake of replacing 512 bytes of information...

    The fixmbr option is a bit daunting but quite quick. Don't fear it, at this point you can't use Windows anyway, so no harm in trying

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