I have Linux Mint and Windows XP Media Edition on the same hard drive. They are independent;the Linux Mint does not show on the "add/remove programs" function in XP. The rationale behind doing it that was to have the XP to use until I'm up to speed with Mint. Please understand that when I get to a minimum competency with Mint,that I'll simply reinstall it for the entire hard drive. *But I'm not there yet.
Anyhow,in the process of using the shell,not knowing what I was doing I used a shortcut that got me into the Emacs area. I moved something that should have been a directory to something else,at the very least. Or more probably,killed it. I got a "fatal" notice,so I quit and rebooted. Sure enough,when I went into a modprobe and ls -l'd it,it was gone and I can't get the modules to update or reinstall.
Since I'm a rookie at this, is there a way I can start over with a clean sheet? I have lots more tutorial practice to do before I know what I'm doing.
That is,can I somehow overwrite the Linux Mint portion of my hard drive,to get a fresh install,without messing up the XP portion of the hard drive?
Or must I reinstall the XP,and then add the Linux MInt,which will take hours and hours,because of all the files I must save from both applications?