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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    If it was installed on the windows partition and the windows installation is there, then it didn't format the partition, which means it would have to be in whatever filesystem was there before, and Windows only runs off FAT or NTFS, which version of windows is it? If it's 9x, then it has to be fat (fat32 for 98 but not 95). If it's 2000 and up, it's probably NTFS unless you specified specifically for it to be fat32 (dont know why one would want that).

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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    Volneilo, if all your XP files are still there, you might try fixing the MBR (master boot record) using a Windows XP install CD or (possibly better) a Super Grub Disk. See http://www.users.bigpond.net.au/hermanzone/p18.htm. Let us know how you go.

    (RealG187, fdisk shows the partition is FAT32. I'm assuming Windows is XP from the menu.lst entry.)

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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    RealG187, my Windows partitions are FAT32, as you can see by the commands outputs I posted before. I choose FAT in my last reinstallation, can't remember what reason.
    Funny, Puppy was installed INSIDE a FAT32 partition! How could it be?

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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    Pat, I already tried Super Grub Disk, in all options (as I mentioned in my first post), unfortunately without success. GRUB always lead me to boot Puppy, and this is my point. If I had a damaged Windows installation, I would know because the whole thing should hang upon the boot. But no, the entry named 'WINDOWS' in the GRUB always leads to an Isolinux, or Syslinux (can't remember) boot loader that calls Puppy.

    It's Windows XP Professional SP3, sorry for not to mention that.
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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    Quote Originally Posted by volneilo View Post
    Funny, Puppy was installed INSIDE a FAT32 partition! How could it be?
    That is the way Unetbootin puts the operating system onto a USB stick. It uses "squashfs" compression on FAT32 format and boots from there. Your current boot labelled (wrongly) "Microsoft Windows XP Professional" leads the boot process to start Puppy from this compressed OS which is located in one of the files on your Windows partition. There is some hope however that your Windows files are not damaged. The question seems to be how to check and how to get the boot sequence changed.

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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    To fix the boot sector of your widows drive.
    With the Windows install CD boot to the recovery console. the command you want to run is
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    fixboot c:
    If you don't have an install CD just Google fixboot. Believe theres some other rescue CD out there that have that program to.
    Good Luck
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    Post [OT] Fix Windows' Boot.ini

    Quote Originally Posted by volneilo View Post
    Now, every time I choose Windows in the GRUB menu, it loads Puppy. I've checked and confirmed that Windows installation is already there, but inaccessible.
    You just need to edit your C:\boot.ini from a live cd or a working linux and add the lines that boot Windows.

    Something like this:

    Code:
    [boot loader]
    
    timeout=0
    
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    
    [operating systems]
    
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP" /fastdetect
    should work for most of the situations.

    You can still leave there the puppy linux entry if you want to.

    adrian15

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    Re: [OT] Fix Windows' Boot.ini

    Thanks, fellows, for your attention.

    louieb, I've already tried fixboot, without success.

    adrian15, I've checked the file C:\boo.ini, it's the way you described above, but still don't work. I've tried including your excellent Super Grub Disk (all options I thought could be helpful), but got nothing. GRUB still points to Puppy.

    The only option I had no courage to use is "fixmbr", because of all the alert messages I got. Could it be the way?

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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    I wish to thank again everyone who helped me in this trouble. Just fixed the problem running fixboot (louieb was right). I had done it before, but I think it didn't work because I miss the parameter "C:" after the command...

    Cheers to all!!!

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    Re: Problem with Unetbootin - Windows no longer boots...

    Quote Originally Posted by volneilo View Post
    Puppy was installed INSIDE a FAT32 partition! How could it be?
    That's why I was confused. Maybe that's the problem...

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