View Full Version : I can no longer boot to windows...

02-01-2004, 03:50 PM
Ok, I have two hard drives, hda1 and hdb1. I loaded Knoppix onto the hda1 because it's small and I wanted to isolate it from my windows install. However, now when I start up, it asks me to choose Linux (which works) or WindowsNT(which just hangs). I was running windows XP Pro just fine, and I didn't touch the other hard drive. Anyone know how to make the windows boot again? Thanks.

02-01-2004, 04:17 PM
Hello tkatchev69,
I'm no Windows expert but I've read that Windows XP has some problems with Lilo/Grup installed in your MBR.

If this is the situation then MS's
fdisk /mbr command should fix that but you would have to copy the resulting file of

dd if=/dev/hda1 of=boot.linux bs=512 count=1
to your Windows partition (via floppy) first
and then if Windows boots again you would have to change your boot.ini:

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows" /fastdetect

Maybe that's a solution to your problem but I'm not really sure because your question wasn't that clear.... or I just did not understand you :)

02-01-2004, 05:56 PM
Hi tkatchev69,

If you do have to seprat Hard Drive's then in you BIOS you should be able to change you boot device.
if your Primary master is Linux and you Primary slave is XP ( C:Linux, D:XP)
To boot XP change your boot device to D:

I have done sevral Dual-boot systems and this is the safe and easy way.
you may want o check out other post on Dual-boot.

hope that helps

(If you do not know what I am talking about let me know and I will fill in the blanks.)