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no such partition grub rescue

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November 30, 2013 9:07:50 PM

I had my computer running a dual boot of Windows XP service pack 2 or 3 (Not sure) and ubuntu 12.04. I wanted to get rid of Ubuntu so I decided to delete the partition for ubuntu and now when I start the computer I receive the error message
no such partition
grub rescue>
I do not have a live cd or anything for this machine and I am lost as to what to do to just have windows xp only on this machine.

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November 30, 2013 10:56:24 PM

When you installed ubuntu you overwrote the windows bootlader with GRUB bootloader.

Since you deleted the ubuntu partition there is no longer a grub.cfg file that points GRUB to your windows installation. There is also no windows bootloader.


How to fix (reinstall windows bootloader):
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RestoreUbuntu/XP/Vist...

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    November 30, 2013 11:01:28 PM

    EasyBCD is the easiest solution, but only yuu can choose which you want to spend -- time or money?
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      November 30, 2013 11:47:59 PM

      chamaecyparis said:
      EasyBCD is the easiest solution, but only yuu can choose which you want to spend -- time or money?


      Because booting windows CD and running three commands is so time consuming...

      It is extremely trivial to reinstall windows bootloader to MBR...
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        December 1, 2013 12:12:47 AM

        Ass u mptions: OP has created a boot disk; OP has Install disks. OP knows what he is doing.
        Down, boy!
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          December 1, 2013 1:08:17 AM

          chamaecyparis said:
          EasyBCD is the easiest solution, but only yuu can choose which you want to spend -- time or money?

          EasyBCD is for Vista and later, not XP. And to run it you need to be running Windows - Catch 22.
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            December 1, 2013 9:17:58 AM

            skittle said:
            chamaecyparis said:
            EasyBCD is the easiest solution, but only yuu can choose which you want to spend -- time or money?


            Because booting windows CD and running three commands is so time consuming...

            It is extremely trivial to reinstall windows bootloader to MBR...


            I've tried booting from a windows cd i downloaded the cd iso and then used an iso burner to attach it to a cd and when i changed the order for the computer to boot from cd/dvd drive it just brings me back to the grub rescue thing
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              December 1, 2013 9:26:06 AM

              Then something is wrong with either:
              A) the downloaded windows iso
              B) the dvd drive you used to burn the disk
              C) The dvd drive reading the disk
              D) the cd its self
              E) maybe you did not correctly save the boot order in bios.. try manually to select boot device by pressing f1-12 or whatever your computer requires.
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                December 1, 2013 9:49:51 AM

                skittle said:
                Then something is wrong with either:
                A) the downloaded windows iso
                B) the dvd drive you used to burn the disk
                C) The dvd drive reading the disk
                D) the cd its self
                E) maybe you did not correctly save the boot order in bios.. try manually to select boot device by pressing f1-12 or whatever your computer requires.


                What way would you download windows xp and add it to a cd or dvd?
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                  December 1, 2013 3:41:42 PM

                  Find a torrent for msdn copy of windows.

                  Burn iso with free tool "imgburn"
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                    December 1, 2013 10:54:00 PM

                    You need only the recovery console for XP. You can either create it from a working copy of XP or download the ISO image here from the good folks at majorgeeks. http://forums.majorgeeks.com/showthread.php?t=229209 The link also gives you a good detailed instructions on how to use it.

                    FYI, If you still have a live copy of Ubuntu you could install testdisk and there is an option to install a generique MBR that would fix you up. Also many of the repair disks out there include a fixmbr command.
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