[CentOS] Dual boot box: WinXP & CentOS 5: Impossible to restore WinXP?

Alain Spineux aspineux at gmail.com
Sun Nov 18 17:56:56 UTC 2007

On Nov 18, 2007 4:12 PM, Lanny Marcus <lannyma at gmail.com> wrote:
> We rarely use M$ Windows, but I let my daughter surf pbskids.org while
> using Windows and a Trojan Horse modified or deleted the user32.dll
> file. I found the instructions on the Microsoft Support web site, and
> it would be very easy for me to expand a new copy of user32.dll if I
> could get the MS WinXP CD to work. It boots OK, I press a key so it
> will search hardware and it then has hard drive activity for a long,
> long time. My impression is that Microsoft does not want this to work
> on dual boot boxes.
> I've tried this on dual boot boxes with Windows ME and Windows 98 SE
> and it works fine. Dell sent me two (2) new WinXP CDs (one in English
> and one in Spanish) but the problem apparently  is not that I have a
> defective WinXP CD from Dell.
> Has anyone been able to restore WinXP on a dual boot box? TIA!


I remember a got this problem multiple time. The XP CD (and also self made
autoinstall CD) was refusing to boot if the HD was allready partitioned with
an "incompatible" fdisk tool. It was usually on test machine and I had
not problem doing a
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512
and then reinstall all the machine from scratch, or if the installed
OS were important
then I used some imaging or backup tools. But the reset of the
partition was mandatory.

You could try to use the very powerful BartPE live CD do restore your DLL.

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Alain Spineux
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