Active partition

Posted on 2005-04-11
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
i am using winxp home with SP2.

after i added a hidded primary partition in front of my current partition, i can't load my winxp anymore. it keeps on prompt 'Missing Operation System'..

How can i reactive back my windows without remove that hidden partition? i need that hidden partition for another testing..

Please help....
Question by:syskplim
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    by:Pete Long
    boot with the windows CD and go to the recovery console (for XP and 2K)

    and issue the following command

    BOOTCFG /rebuild

    Author Comment

    so sorry about the lately reply.

    i did followed the Peter's instruction but i still couldn't get my problem solved. thats why i just left this question open.

    on the same day i posted this question here, i posted the same question in the other forum and i got the answer like this:

    You do not specify WHICH actions did you take.

    I am just guessing, but there are two probabilities:
    1) The arcpath in your boot.ini is invalid
    2) The hidden partition has been set as ACTIVE in the partition table

    How to for 1):
    Still guessing, if your C:\ drive is NTFS, make a Win9x boot disk with this utility:

    And use it to add some more arcpaths in the boot.ini, if your actual entry is:

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Home"

    Add a line like:

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Home 2nd"

    If your drive is FAT 16 or FAT 32 you can use the EDIT command on the "standard"
    Win9x boot disk

    How to for 2):
    Get a DOS partition table editor, like this one:
    And use it to set back the non-hidden partition to ACTIVE (i.e. 80)

    You might need to do BOTH of the above.
    Find here some info on the way NT/2k/XP/2003 boot:

    You could also try to make the NT/2k/XP/2003 boot diskette depicted in the xxcopy site, this should allow to access the XP install booting from floppy, but you still have to make the repairs on the HD. [/quote]

    i had get my problem solved by followed the 2nd suggestion from that forum.

    anyway, many thanks for the help from Peter and sorry about the troble that i gave to LeeTutor.

    Please refer to :

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