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Major Boot Problem

By k1n9k00p4 ยท 7 replies
Nov 22, 2005
  1. Recently i installed SuSe over my WinXP instalation but when i tried to put WinXP back on the error "Error Loading Operating System" shows up. (Ive tried formatting and re-partitioning many times).

    But i was told by someone in this forum that i needed to go to and get a Win98 boot disk so i did and i ran FDISK, deleted the non DOS drive and then tried installing Win98 then upgrade to XP but after formatting my drive with Win98, when my machine reboots the error says "Missing Operating System"

    Its as if the old Linux insto wont let my harddrive use winddows :mad:

    Why does this happen? and how can i resolve it?

    Cheers, Luke.
  2. BiZ


    Get into a MS-DOS prompt and reformat your drive 3 or more times. Then try to install windows.
  3. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Format won't help you if you have problems with partitions.

    How far did you get with the XP install?
  4. k1n9k00p4

    k1n9k00p4 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    i got as far as the restart after you put in the XP setup CD, after the restart it says error loading operating system, and when i try it with windows 98 it says Missing Operating system.
  5. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,994

    use your XP cd and boot from it. dont just format the existing partiton(s) delete them and create a new partition then format the new partition, then proceed with the XP install.
  6. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You have not set your computer to boot from CD or your Windows XP CD is not bootable (illegal copy).
  7. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    iss, I think as hit on it
    boot from the cd
    make sure your bios boot priority is set to boot the cd first
    delete the file system and make a new one
    when you go and do this and still want to put the linux distro on.
    make sure you partition drive at the format prompt you can change size of drive area that xp will go on.
    these OS's don't like sharing the same space.
  8. k1n9k00p4

    k1n9k00p4 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90


    Its cool guys i sorted it out i had to delete the boot sectors of my HDD the first 300mb and last 100mb. if any of you encur a simular problem with booting or bad sectors on your HDD i recomend u try this out:

    it has many different HDD tools and utilities that sorted my comp out.
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