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Hey I accidentally went to

start>control panel>administrative tools>computer management>disc management

and made my computer boot to the wrong partition on my harddrive.

That being said my computer starts up to a partition that isnt compatable to run windows. It is my recovery partition. How do I reset it to start on the original partition so I can run windows again? My computer is starting up on a 'recovery' screen that prompts me to enter a bunch of discs that I don't have anymore and I can't start up my comp.

How can I make my original partition 'active' and the 'boot' partition agian, sorry to sound repetitive.
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post #2 of 12
boot off xp disk and select recovery console. Select option 1 to logon to the windows install. When you see C:\\ type Fixboot and push enter. Then push fixmbr and push enter. That should solve your issue. Let me know.
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That's the thing. I insert my windows xp disc and it doesn't boot to it, it still goes to the recovery screen and doesn't load windows or the windows disc.

I have an old bootable cd that I insert it but don't know what to do with it. It takes me to a black screen with a A:\\> command, and lets me enter commands, but I'm lost there.
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i dont think that will work with xp install. The boot files i believe are different.

When you insert the cd, push F12 to get into the boot menu. Select cd rom and see if it boots.
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F12 as the 'edit bios' key? Or something else? Mine is F2, but I still couldn't get it to boot to the windows disc.
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post #6 of 12
do you have another windows disc, that disc is not bootable.

Try booting of the floppy and when the a: comes up type e:\\winnnt\\winnt.exe

That should kick off the windows setup so you can go into recovery console.
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Thanks, I'll try it when I get home.
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post #8 of 12
if that doesnt work.....download this boot CD and use one of the partitioning tools to set your windows partition as active......then you can use the MBRWork or MBRTool apps on the disk to "install standard MBR".

this should fix your problem.
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post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by TedSexington
if that doesnt work.....download this boot CD and use one of the partitioning tools to set your windows partition as active......then you can use the MBRWork or MBRTool apps on the disk to "install standard MBR".

this should fix your problem.
Thanks, I'll ask a friend to burn it for me. Using F12 didn't work, it said 'media test failed, please check cable' and using e:\\winnnt\\winnt.exe didn't work, it said it couldn't find the file.
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post #10 of 12
Failing that if the You can use the Recovery Console to assign or Repair a damaged MBR. If not yes do what ''Tedsexington'' has said.
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