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

paul sutton zleap at zleap.net
Sat Dec 24 15:17:32 UTC 2011

On 24/12/11 13:54, alan c wrote:
> 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.
Yeah its XP pro with SP2 



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