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How To Make Xp System Bootable?

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    Posted 26 December 2009 - 02:48 AM


    I have a working computer, XPsp3, with a complicated setup. I've got a version of Linux installed, and so the computer starts with the GRUB loader. XP itself is installed in the E:/ drive, with C: essentially just data (actually another unused install of XP).

    I would like to eliminate Linux & GRUB from this machine, wipe the unused install of XP on C, and just boot automatically into the XP installed on the E:/ drive.

    Everything works now, it's just inconvenient and takes up disk space. So I would like to take my time and not start messing with it until I know exactly the steps to take to make sure I make the change painlessly.

    I'm guessing I need to leave ntldr, ntdetect.com & boot.ini in the C:/ root directory, and rebuild the MBR somehow. What's the best way to rebuild the MBR? fdisk /mbr?

    I'd be equally happy keeping GRUB as the boot loader if I can go ahead & delete the Linux partition, but I don't know to do that.

    Anyway, any help/tips/guidelines appreciated.


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      Posted 26 December 2009 - 06:37 PM

      Is your XP (E:) located on a hard drive by itself? or is E: a partition on the same drive as your current C: drive?

      I would swap the cables (or bios boot order) to make E: your first physical hard drive enabling it to boot as designed.
      Swap E: to Drive C: and run FIXBOOT FIXMBR from the command console and it should boot normally, then you can decide what to do with the remaining partitions and the data they contain.
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