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First, some background. I have a gaming PC that was split between linux and windows. Upon getting a dedicated linux PC, I wanted to remove linux from my gaming PC in order to get more HD space. First order of business was to remove GRUB, which, on some erronious information, was done my fdisk /mbr. As I have WinXP, the computer then refused to boot. At that point, I found the WinXP install disk hung, but knoppix could boot. Thinking quickly, I used my linux PC to create a GRUB boot floppy, which would then boot my windows system. This met with success, and my windows PC boots again. I then unpartitioned the linux space, so except for the boot phase, everything is working perfectly.

Now the meat of the story. Because I might want to sell this PC in the future, and because I like all of my PCs in full working order, I want to get the NTLDR back on there. I installed the Recovery Console per MS instructions, but it hangs when it loads up, probably due to some hardware conflict. As my computer is working fine now, I am not concerned. But I would like to get it working. Then I discovered Dell has toll-free tech support. As they are, according to MS, the primary support service for my copy of Windows, I am going to call their tech support until my problem is fixed. I don't care how long it takes, or even if it gets fixed. That is, at this point, an added bonus. You might call this torture, but, hey, if they can't fix my problem, they aren't doing their job, and if they aren't doing their job, why shouldn't I pester them. Remember, I'll stop doing this if they fix it.

Anyway, as I have one month before school starts, for once I don't think I will get bored, except perhaps on weekends. And, it's unlikely, but my computer might work better at the end of it!

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  • Do this to get NTLDR back together:

    Boot off an XP disc (I assume that's what you're running) and when it comes up for the install go into the Recovery Console. Log into your XP partition through this and run FIXMBR and you should be good to go.

    I think it's FIXMBR at least -- if not, type "help" or whatever it tells you on that console, and it'll tell you what you need to know.

    Trust me, I've done it a number of times. And many more Linux installs and uninstalls.
  • I personally like GRUB over Windows' bootloader because it allows me to 1) edit the background image at boot, 2) allows me to have several OSes (not that I necessarily have any, you could set the timeout to two seconds to see a cool image at boot.) I have had advantages with not removing GRUB along with Linux on my laptop as I later on installed other OSes.

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