Duel boot issue: XP lost, only 98

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by justin tyme, Sep 6, 2003.

  1. justin tyme

    justin tyme Guest

    I have been running my machine with XP home and Win98 duel booted, via
    the XP install options.

    All was well until today when I went into 98 to fetch something (I've done
    this before w/o problem). Upon restart the XP menu choices were gone. It
    only booted straight in Win98. I had run a virus check earlier in the day -
    no problems.

    All partitions are still there.

    Any ideas how to get my XP back?

    Any ideas how this might have happened, so that I do not repeat the
    problem?

    Thanks.

    justin
    justin tyme, Sep 6, 2003
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  2. justin tyme

    EricP Guest

    On Sat, 06 Sep 2003 02:45:54 GMT, "justin tyme"
    <> wrote:

    > I have been running my machine with XP home and Win98 duel booted, via
    >the XP install options.
    >
    >All was well until today when I went into 98 to fetch something (I've done
    >this before w/o problem). Upon restart the XP menu choices were gone. It
    >only booted straight in Win98. I had run a virus check earlier in the day -
    >no problems.
    >
    > All partitions are still there.
    >
    > Any ideas how to get my XP back?
    >
    > Any ideas how this might have happened, so that I do not repeat the
    >problem?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > justin
    >

    Stick your XP CD in the drive and BOOT from it. Select REPAIR as the
    option and it should restore your boot files.

    Failing that you can find sites giving instructions to manually set up
    Dual Boot but it a drag to do.
    EricP, Sep 6, 2003
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  3. justin tyme

    justin tyme Guest

    Yes. I can get to the REPAIR screen. But then it asks for "which
    installation?", with a blank after. I tried entering "XP", but nothing
    happened. Also tried the partition letter, still nothing.

    Further thoughts?

    Thanks.

    justin
    "EricP" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Sat, 06 Sep 2003 02:45:54 GMT, "justin tyme"
    > <> wrote:
    >
    > > I have been running my machine with XP home and Win98 duel booted,

    via
    > >the XP install options.
    > >
    > >All was well until today when I went into 98 to fetch something (I've

    done
    > >this before w/o problem). Upon restart the XP menu choices were gone. It
    > >only booted straight in Win98. I had run a virus check earlier in the

    day -
    > >no problems.
    > >
    > > All partitions are still there.
    > >
    > > Any ideas how to get my XP back?
    > >
    > > Any ideas how this might have happened, so that I do not repeat the
    > >problem?
    > >
    > > Thanks.
    > >
    > > justin
    > >

    > Stick your XP CD in the drive and BOOT from it. Select REPAIR as the
    > option and it should restore your boot files.
    >
    > Failing that you can find sites giving instructions to manually set up
    > Dual Boot but it a drag to do.
    >
    justin tyme, Sep 6, 2003
    #3
  4. justin tyme

    EricP Guest

    On Sat, 06 Sep 2003 04:13:18 GMT, "justin tyme"
    <> wrote:

    >Yes. I can get to the REPAIR screen. But then it asks for "which
    >installation?", with a blank after. I tried entering "XP", but nothing
    >happened. Also tried the partition letter, still nothing.
    >
    >Further thoughts?
    >
    >Thanks.


    I am reluctant to comment further but the last time I had this, I
    continued the install and put it over the existing one and it just did
    a Refresh install.

    On reboot everything was back to normal.

    BUT knowing the odd way windows behaves, I cannot tell you to do that.
    You may lose all data and not be very happy.
    EricP, Sep 6, 2003
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  5. Howdy!

    "justin tyme" <> wrote in message
    news:y9d6b.1028$...
    > Yes. I can get to the REPAIR screen. But then it asks for "which
    > installation?", with a blank after. I tried entering "XP", but nothing
    > happened. Also tried the partition letter, still nothing.


    And above the question, did it list a "Windows XP" with a "1" in
    front or behind it?

    If so, then you pick "1".

    What !I! would do is boot to the recovery console, then do a FIXBOOT
    and a FIXMBR.

    But that's me ...

    RwP
    Ralph Wade Phillips, Sep 6, 2003
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  6. justin tyme

    justin tyme Guest

    Thanks to all. With some jiggering, I was able to recover.

    justin
    "justin tyme" <> wrote in message
    news:CTb6b.696$...
    > I have been running my machine with XP home and Win98 duel booted, via
    > the XP install options.
    >
    > All was well until today when I went into 98 to fetch something (I've done
    > this before w/o problem). Upon restart the XP menu choices were gone. It
    > only booted straight in Win98. I had run a virus check earlier in the

    day -
    > no problems.
    >
    > All partitions are still there.
    >
    > Any ideas how to get my XP back?
    >
    > Any ideas how this might have happened, so that I do not repeat the
    > problem?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > justin
    >
    >
    justin tyme, Sep 7, 2003
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