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

Alain Spineux aspineux at gmail.com
Sun Nov 18 22:09:27 UTC 2007

On Nov 18, 2007 10:54 PM, Lanny Marcus <lannyma at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Nov 18, 2007 4:38 PM, MrKiwi <mrkiwi at gmail.com> wrote:
> > The problem is the mbr - i had the same problem trying to
> > put a replacement sata drive into a machine - it had
> > previously had centos on it, and i was trying to install xp.
> >
> > The solution for me was to use a dos boot disk and run
> > fdisk /mbr

This was not solving my problem,
but we are not sure this is the same

> > however im not sure how that will affect your dual boot
> > situation.
> >
> > Anyway ... the mbr issue will get you going in the right
> > direction. Apparently xp cd gets hung if it cant make sense
> > of the mbr, even if other disks exist with window-happy mbrs.
> Mr. Kiwi: Thank you! I have a feeling this is the only path. I am
> going to wait until the long Thanksgiving weekend and if another
> possible solution doesn't appear, I think I will try what you
> suggested, before I wipe the drive. If I fdisk /mbr and am then able
> to restore the user32.dll file in WinXP, hopefully, after that, I
> could reinstall GRUB and have my dual boot box working again. If not,

yes boot in rescue mode and use grub-install /dev/?sda?

> probably I will need to wipe the HD and install both OS's again. Lanny

Yes and keep on hand a bart-pe boot disk, this time  :-)

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Alain Spineux
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