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Deleted Linux partion from dual boot now can't start

By monton
Jan 22, 2013
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  1. I deleted the Ubuntu partition from a XP Home/Ubuntu dual boot system. I needed the space on the drive for Windows data & programs. I used parted magic and expanded the remaining primary partition. On boot I get the following

    GRUB loading stage1.5.

    GRUB loading, please wait
    Error 22

    That is all I get

    I need to be able to launch into Windows for work related data. How do I remove GRUB and will that allow windows to start?

    Any suggestions? I'm a bit at a loss right now on how to proceed.
    Thanks for any help
    Monton
     
  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,145   +1,532

    Do you have Windows XP install media? You could do a repair install. I'm not sure about Windows XP, but Windows 7 will repair damaged or missing boot files.
     
  3. monton

    monton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    I don't have the OEM XP Home disk but have an XP Pro. I'm taking another shot at it and will report back
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,450   +324

    It's the MBR that needs a fix to point to the XP partition (which is just fine).
     
  5. monton

    monton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    Thanks Joe

    Can I use the fixmbr command from the windows recovery screen?
     
  6. monton

    monton TS Enthusiast Topic Starter Posts: 147

    From the recovery console (from XP Pro disk) I tried the following

    bootcfg /disableredirect
    and
    fixboot

    neither worked

    I then tried fixmbr and despite the ominous message about life as we know it would end and the possibility of unleashing 7 great plagues upon the earth, I continued. Rebooted and all is well

    Thanks for the help
    Monton
     
  7. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 13,450   +324

    You're welcome :grin:

    Years ago, I had a 'professional IT help-desk' person give up on such an issue and said "Oh well, I'll just reimage the drive" to which I shrieked "Like Heck; I'll fix it myself" - - took some reading, but that experience lead me to saving my system and now it's also saved yours. Gives me a warm fuzzy for the rest of the day :)
     


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