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

Ross S. W. Walker rwalker at medallion.com
Mon Nov 19 15:12:17 UTC 2007

You can fix it all from CentOS.

Install CentOS plus kernel with NTFS support.

Insert cdrom. Use the ported "expand" app to expand the user32.dl_ out
of the i386 directory on the cd-rom (or an extracted copy of your
latest service pack), and then mount your NTFS partition read-write,
and copy the user32.dll into the windows\system32 directory, and
possibly the windows\system32\dllcache.

I would run all Windows accounts as restricted users from now on. I
have done that on my M$ home PC with fast-user switching and it
works well for me, my wife and children rarely need to "install"
anything, but if they do I tell them, save it to c:\temp and
I'll install it when I get home.

It may be worth while to try and image your Windows partition from
Linux if you have the space. Then you can restore your image and
your Windows if it gets corrupted again, which it won't if you
set all users as Restricted Users.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: centos-bounces at centos.org 
> [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On Behalf Of Lanny Marcus
> Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 10:12 AM
> To: CentOS Mailing List
> Subject: [CentOS] Dual boot box: WinXP & CentOS 5: Impossible 
> to restoreWinXP?
> 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!
> -- 
> Lanny
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