[ubuntu-uk] Repairing a dualboot Ubuntu-XP system

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Sat Dec 24 13:54:43 UTC 2011

On 24/12/11 13:39, paul sutton wrote:
> On 24/12/11 12:10, David Smith wrote:
>> I have supplied a second hand PC to a friend, dual booting XP and Ubuntu 10.10 from one HD.  Somehow, he's made a mess of his XP and I need to do either a repair-over-the-top install or a full XP wipe and reload.  Since it is the XP registry file that is corrupted, I suspect that I would need to do a full W&R.
>> If I do the above, it would (I think) replace the GRUB boot/MBR  with XP's loader.  My question is, could I then boot off a live CD and "sudo grub update" to reinstall and rebuild GRUB as easy as that??  Or is it more involved?  It's a big enough pain that XP is borked.
>> Advice appreciated.
>> Dave Smith, lowly MS repair technician and Ubuntu 10.10 aficionado.
> i Have just reinstelled windows, and selefcted the repair option,  and
> this reinstalled windows ontop and left all my files / data intact and
> surprisingly left the mbr intact too.
> I think you select install then repair, 

It is possible that the actual XP version used might have be
significant, all XP is not the same, it was produced over a long
period. For example, early versions do not immediately require
activation, but later versions do.
alan cocks
Ubuntu user
FSF #9005

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