[ILUG] Problems installing Win XP Pro after FE3
felix at compsoc.nuigalway.ie
Wed Apr 27 15:12:28 IST 2005
Quoting Darragh Bailey <felix at compsoc.nuigalway.ie>:
> Quoting Patrick Stack <lists at adeptassociates.net>:
> > I've just tried deleting /dev/hda2 with fdisk and rebooting with win cd,
> > but no joy.
> > It looks like I'll have to get my hands on parted or other such, and
> > reformat the whole drive again, and this time put on Window$ first.
> > B0ll1x!
> Ran into that problem before, if the first harddrive seen on your PC has any
> partitions that Windows does not recognise, i.e. anything other than NTFS or
> setup will not proceed.
> And indeed it is very very annoying. If you have a spare harddrive, connect
> in instead, install windows, reconnect main hdd on in and then image the
> partation over to the correct location on your main hdd.
> You'll need editbini.exe from the net and a windows 98 or earlier bootdisk
> modify the boot.ini to allow you to boot windows in the new partition if it
> different number on the harddrive than the partition your originall
didn't read all the mails, missed this was a laptop.
You should still be able to backup your boot partition using the FC3 rescue
mode, delete the 1st 2 partitions as originally suggested in other mails.
Install Windows, use the linux rescue mode again and image the windows partition
into a file as backup.
Then recreate the 1st 2 partitions the way you want them and dd the windows
image back to the 2nd partition, and similiarly your boot image file back to the
first. Of course you'll have to still use the editbini.exe as I mentioned above
to sort out windows booting, but its quicker than reinstalling everything.
"Nothing's foolproof to a sufficently talented fool"
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