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#1 xpiswhyilikemax


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Posted 28 September 2006 - 07:27 AM

...boy is my face red
used partition magic on daughters computer
to install second OS i.e. WinXP (current OS is WIN98)
worked like a charm.
I could toggle between one & the other using PQBoot shortcuts
on each desktop....here's the rub
she didn't want 98 at all any more SO...I merged both partitions
now all I get is a black screen with a blinking cursor

I tried using the emergency discs created when installing PartitionMagic
not very helpful
I loaded XP cd thinking I could boot from it...nope sez hit any key...nuthin

I really dont want to loose all data on the C partition
am I doomed ?
please say it aint so

If I load HD from daughters machine into my computer can I uninstall
WIN98 ?
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Posted 28 September 2006 - 12:49 PM

You may be able to save the data from the hd by installing it as a slave hd in your computer and moving the data, then format it.

Reinstall it in your daughters computer as the master, change the boot order to cd first in the bios, and install XP.

The XP Installation CD and 25 digit Windows Key must be new and never have been activated on any other computer for the required activation after installation to be valid and XP to remain accessible and working. If it has ever been used before on any other computer it will fail activation and then shut itself down and become inaccessible after 30 days.

Edited by Enthusiast, 28 September 2006 - 12:50 PM.

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