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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....
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by:Pete Long
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boot with the windows CD and go to the recovery console
http://www.wown.com/j_helmig/wxprcons.htm (for XP and 2K)

and issue the following command


BOOTCFG /rebuild
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by:syskplim
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hi,
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:

[quote]
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:
EDITBINI:
http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/utilities.html

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

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


Add a line like:

QUOTE
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:
PTEDIT:
ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_...ties/ptedit.zip
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:
http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=33030

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 : http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?s=b344277f2630d60e9c85055023e49751&showtopic=43610&pid=305416&st=0&#entry305416
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