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#1 starcraftmaster

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:09 AM

Hey guys.
To day i did some partitioning.
There were two drives , C and F. Windows xp was installed on F and C had Windows me which i did not need no more.
So i deleted the Windows me partition and let Windows xp have it.
But now when i restart the computer i get this "error loading operating system".
Now i was just going to reinstall Windows , but i go real slow internet and can not be brothered reinstalling Windows xp and then installing Sp3 and so on.
What can i do that does not involve formatting and installing windows xp? I do have a Ghost of Windows Xp on the 2nd hard drive(yes one 80 Gb and one 40 Gb).
Can i install windows xp(yes i know i said no reformatting and installing , but i don't have to download any thing this way) and then ghost it over with ghost?

I used to do this with Windows me all the time and found no problem with it. Now i know its not the same with NT os's.

Edited by starcraftmaster, 20 December 2009 - 08:10 AM.


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Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:46 AM

May be a BIOS or maybe even an MBR problem...Here are some links for possible causes and solutions:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/326676
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/92217/error-loading-operating-system/
http://www.computing.net/answers/os2/error...ystem/1437.html
http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000730.htm

I remember something about XP and not recognizing partitions over a certain size during set-up upgrading from windows 98me but that has been such a long time ago I can't remember the exact details. You may have to just bite the bullet and do a complete re-installation even though you don't want to (last resort to say the least).
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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:07 AM

nope did all
what should i do now ?

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:44 AM

ok got it to work
but now i cant log in , when i try logging it , it logs when out straight away and there is a fix but i can not enter the registry at all

Edit: ok i we all know what the problem is
Windows wants to boot and load from F: drive (where it was installed) but now becasue i have parition the drive it and has made it into C: it wont work.
How can i make it change the drive letter from C to F ? i am sure this will fix every thing.Note i cant log into windows

Edited by starcraftmaster, 20 December 2009 - 10:07 AM.


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Posted 20 December 2009 - 11:18 AM

<< ok got it to work but now i cant log in...>>

If you cannot access your installl...it appears to me that it is not solved in any way.

Do you have an XP CD?

Is the space which formerly contained Me...is that now part of the Windows partition?

Louis

FWIW: The letter assigned Windows...has nothing to do with where the system looks for Windows. If you take a look at the sample boot.ini file at http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;289022, you will see that it's the position of the designated system partition...that's the key. If the boot.ini designates Disk0, Partition 2...and you have now changed it so that there is no Partition 2 which contains Windows XP...chances are you won't get into XP.

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:32 PM

so there is nothing i can do ?
and yes the partition that contained windows me is now part of the windows xp partition

Cant i just change it to partition 0 or 1 ? ?

Edited by starcraftmaster, 20 December 2009 - 08:34 PM.


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Posted 20 December 2009 - 08:50 PM

Yes, you can edit the boot.ini file and change it :thumbsup:.

I repeat...do you have an XP CD?

Once that is answered, I will know what suggestions to make.

While we're at it...system manufacturer and model?

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Posted 20 December 2009 - 09:36 PM

ok
yes i got a xp CD (sp2)
Note* i booted ubuntu cd and look at the windows drive and it had no boot.ini
then i booted up ghost and exited to dos(freedos) and then typed Dir which did not show a boot.ini

i have tried fixmbr , fixboot , and i did bootcfg /list which said there is nothing to show and i did bootcfg /rebuild which worked but did not do any thing after restart
Note*now bootcfg /list does state something :
Total entries in boot list:1
[1] "Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition"
OS Load options :/fastdectect
OS location:C:\windows

fixboot says do you want to fix the boot sector on E: drive ? i said Y but windows is on C:

Edited by starcraftmaster, 20 December 2009 - 09:46 PM.


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Posted 21 December 2009 - 01:43 AM

At this point in time I would do a Repair Installation (possibly slipstreaming SP3)....

http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 02:10 AM

quote:http://michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm#RI
Reapply updates or service packs applied since initial Windows XP installation. Please note that a Repair Install using an Original pre service pack 1 or 2 XP CD used as the install media will remove SP1/SP2 respectively and service packs plus updates issued after the service packs will need to be reapplied.


I think i will just reformat , I had my share of the repair install on windows me which would just cause more trouble. This windows xp but its Mircosoft

Plus Ntfs is meant to be a tiny tinny little bit faster : ) lol(i got fat32)

i guess i can wait 10 more days in till next month (when i get my faster internet back:)


If you think u got any idea you can post back.
I got GHOST

Edited by starcraftmaster, 21 December 2009 - 02:10 AM.


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Posted 21 December 2009 - 02:46 AM

This may help:

http://www.howtohaven.com/system/createwin...setupdisk.shtml

Look over the section about copying I386 Folder/Directory...You have a Live Unbuntu CD don't you? You can access the files from Unbuntu or any other Linux distro.

If you can follow the directions you should be able to build a slipstreamed copy of SP3 onto a copy of your original XPSP2 installation.

FWIW, I agree with you...A fresh installation is always better, but not always necessary...
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Posted 21 December 2009 - 10:45 AM

Well...a repair install costs nothing, takes 35 minutes normally.

Creating a slipstreamed XP CD which reflects the same SP as your system currently has...takes much less than an hour.

Slipstreaming Windows XP To Create a Bootable Windows XP CD or DVD - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/slipstreaming-windows-xp-to-create-bootable-cd/

Whatever and whenever you decide to do an install...temporarily disconnect all unnecessary drives which you currently have attached. If the only drives connected are the Windows drive and the optical drive used to run the CD...it makes life easier when detecting drives and partitions.

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Posted 22 December 2009 - 10:12 AM

ok thanks guys

i just reformatted and install windows

keep the computer on all night downloading updates lol




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