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#1 dln

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Posted 26 January 2010 - 09:12 PM

last week i had the the internet security 2010 virus on my computer, I got that fixed. worked great for a couple days, got up one morning to a black screen, saying invalid boot.ini drive. Had another windows installation disk on hand (not the one originally installed on drive) and thought I could copy the boot.ini file from that disk and then fix from there. However, the program installed itself on another partition. Now I have 2 windows programs, one bootable,one not on my computer. How can I get back to the original windows program (the nonbootable one) on my hard drive. I don't have any installation disks with this program, I bought computer with programs already installed. All my files, programs and other stuff is on the original partition and I'm having trouble with my display and internet connections with this new one. Is there any way for me to fix this or am I just going to have to wipe everything out and start over? any info will be useful.


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Posted 26 January 2010 - 10:16 PM

May I ask, What is the difference between the two systems installed on this disk ?

When you installed the second system was there a choice for you to create another partition for it to load on or was the partition previously created ?

Edited by Jove, 26 January 2010 - 10:20 PM.

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Posted 27 January 2010 - 12:17 AM

I can't help you with your issue, but I can tell you that you probably have a recovery partition on your computer. Most computer manufacturers use this now instead of recovery disks.

You can check to see if you have this by opening My Computer from your desktop.
If you see Drive D under Hard Disk Drives and RP or something to indicate Recovery Partition, that is what you would use to reinstall your OS, drivers, and other things that came preinstalled on your system.

You could possibly do a REPAIR install using the recovery partition. There should be a Repair option for you to choose.
I normally advise to back up any files and folders you don't want to lose when a repair is made, but in your case that would not be possible. A repair is not supposed to wipe them out. If this is an option you want to try, watch the screen carefully as the computer boots up. Somewhere you'll see Press Fwhatever for setup or something similar. If you don't see a Repair option, you can cancel the setup.

If you do repair, make sure you repair the correct partition.

Edited by Queen-Evie, 27 January 2010 - 12:29 AM.


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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:40 AM

Jove:
there is nothing different about the systems other than registration numbers. I did create a new partition in the hopes I could fix the original one and save information. However, I was able to pull my old files off the "unusable" partition thru the new one and save them.

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Posted 31 January 2010 - 06:48 AM

Without getting to technical, . .

I am now wondering I guess I can't copy the entire (C:) Drive to the (E:), Drive and expect that it would boot if I set it to boot from (E:)

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