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Can't get Windows XP back on computer after Ubuntu 8.04 Load

by Yumpin_Yimminie / June 30, 2008 5:59 AM PDT

I decided to try Ubuntu 8.04. My hard drive was so full that it wouldn't partition for Ubuntu. So I decided to just let Ubuntu take the hole computer. Now I would like to instead have a dual boot system. I pulled out the factory OEM disk to bring the computer back to it's original state. Unfortunately I am now getting an error that I believe is from having the Ubuntu OS on the computer. When I boot up the computer I am getting:

Grub Loading stage 1.5
Grub Loading, please wait......
Error 17

I have tried using a rescue disk, removing the partition of the hard drive. Then once again using the factory OEM disk to bring to it's original Windows XP state. I'm still getting the same messages. Is there a way I can get my computer back or will it have to be solely an Ubuntu machine from now on?

I did go into the Bios but didn't see anything there that indicated that something had changed. Would appreciate help in getting my computer back.

Thank you,

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?residual partition table - suggest fill HD with zeros
by tigerson1 / June 30, 2008 11:45 AM PDT

Hi Jim,
I am a bit short on detail but have had similar experiences. They are usually caused by recalcitrant "residues" from a previous installation. There is a command line you can use, but since you are planning to go back to Win, a "wiping" tool, which just fills the HD with zeros, would be better. A "Technician's Toolbox", or say "Rescue Disc ubcd411" would provide a choice of "wiping" tools.

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by 3rdalbum / July 6, 2008 12:58 AM PDT

From your Windows rescue disc, you'll want to run the command-line utility "fixmbr" to remove GRUB and restore the Windows bootloader to first place. Unfortunately it's not something I've done before. It might be a good idea to look up "remove GRUB" on Google and see if there are some expert HOWTOs.

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