My Uncles Windows XP isnt recognized in a dual-boot install

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My Uncles Windows XP isnt recognized in a dual-boot install

Postby aaronbarnett316 on Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:58 am

I currently have My Uncles Computer its not recognizing his Windows XP it wont even show it as even being there in GRUB what can I do about this mess? He has pictures and GPS Waypoints that He wants to keep intact. I have tried a repair install of Windows XP and it has taken a very long time to do it and I think he has a bad Hard Drive but im unsure about that. I am usually on top of these things but with my health issues I cant do things as good as I could with PCs :x
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Re: My Uncles Windows XP isnt recognized in a dual-boot inst

Postby administrollaattori on Thu Oct 10, 2013 3:07 am

If XP is still there, you can see it via filemanager like Caja. You can also see XP via command line.
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sudo blkid

I think that grub probably is installed to XP´s partition, so there is a wrong type boot flag, which prevents XP to boot. Boot Info Script tells boot flags and something more.
http://sourceforge.net/projects/bootinfoscript/

You can run the script using command
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sudo ./bootinfoscript
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Re: My Uncles Windows XP isnt recognized in a dual-boot inst

Postby Mark Phelps on Sat Oct 12, 2013 5:37 pm

To see if the XP filesystem is still there, open a terminal and enter "sudo fdisk -lu" (lowercase L, not a one) to list out the partitions to confirm that the XP filesystem still exists.

If the XP filesystem is still there, then try adding it to GRUB using "sudo update-grub".
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