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Old 11-24-06, 08:08 PM
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Fdisk / mbr question

IF I boot using a windows 98SE disk and do the following
Fdisk / mbr will it rebuild on the next boot.
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Old 11-24-06, 08:27 PM
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That will repair the master boot record but I'm not sure that will help for a Windows 2000 or XP machine.
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Old 11-24-06, 10:13 PM
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Originally Posted by zuffy
That will repair the master boot record but I'm not sure that will help for a Windows 2000 or XP machine.
The reason I aak
I removed Windows Vista and it still shows up in the boot manager.

Is there a way around this so it boots directly to XP and not the boot manager?
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Old 11-26-06, 01:13 AM
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edit your boot.ini
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I don't think Vista still uses boot.ini, they dumped in the later betas, it has a new boot manager which takes over the MBR. Vista has a boot editor called bcdedit.exe, a cmdline tool from MS it looked like a total pain to use.

From within Vista I used a free 3rd party gui program called EasyBCD, but that doesn't look like an option for you now. I expect you can use the cmdline version with recovery console but I don't know the specifics, and I don't know if there are any BCD tools for XP.

I'm not sure if FIXMBR for win98 will fix an XP install, I'm doubtful, but I can't recall. You can use "FIXMBR" from the recovery console of your XP install CD. You could also try downloading something like the Ultimate Boot CD which contains a lot of disc tools and I'm sure one of them can fix the MBR.

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