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Can't log into Windows XP after cloning (currently running Ubuntu


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Ok here.
I don't have a working computer because I don't have the laptop, so I ran the command on Ubuntu Live USB instead, I hope this is ok.

Attached File  mbr.bin.zip   641bytes   43 downloads
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The master boot record is for GRUB not windows. This is typically set up when trying to install a dual boot systme with Linux OS's. We need to get a windows mbr on your system.

Do you have a windows xp disk?
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Right click the following download link and select "save link/target as": xPUD_MBRfix
Save the file to your USB drive.
  • Boot the ailing computer to xPUD
  • Click on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)
  • Double click on xPUD_MBRfix to execute the script
  • When asked "what boot code do you want to write?" type m for XP boot code and press enter.
  • When asked "to which one do you want to write a new mbr?" type sda and press enter.
  • Type y and press enter to confirm your choices.
  • Press enter to close the window.
  • Upon finishing, its actions will produce a report (mlog.txt)
  • Post that report in your next reply

Also try to boot into windows and let us know what you find.
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As I said in my original post I do not have a working disk drive. I will try what you said above.

EDIT: Done. Here. Attached File  mlog.txt   584bytes   54 downloads

EDIT: Still won't boot. Now it loops at a white cursor on a black screen (_)

Edited by marlon667, 14 July 2012 - 02:23 PM.

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Disc drives (Optical drives) are cheap. It would be a good idea to get a good one installed so you can do things like use the XP Recovery Console.
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Disc drives (Optical drives) are cheap. It would be a good idea to get a good one installed so you can do things like use the XP Recovery Console.

Isnt there a way of putting it on a usb?
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OK let's start from the top again.

Please install the original 80 GB drive back into the computer and do not have any external drives attached and try to boot into Windows.

Please let me know the result.
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Umm ok, but it might take a while because the hood of my computer is stuck. I'll get back to you.

EDIT: Nope, can't do it. The hood is firmly wedged onto the computer. Is there anything else i can do?

Edited by marlon667, 16 July 2012 - 01:56 AM.

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We need to undo the hood and we will switch out the drives to make this work.

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Honestly, I've tried everything, short of cutting the hood off. It wont budge.

It took alot of tools, but i finally got it off. I put the old drive it and it boots fine, but I still cant login.

Edited by marlon667, 16 July 2012 - 05:30 AM.

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I ran the userinit fix again, but i still cant login. Here is the report Attached File  UserinitReport.txt   4.85KB   64 downloads
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Was this a problem with the original 80 GB drive before you did the cloning?

What steps did you do between the original 80 GB drive working properly and finding out you could not log in?


Please try to log into your account in safe mode.

Start tapping F8 when the computer splash screen displays and then select safe mode. Can you log in?
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F8 not F*
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I just tried to log in via safe mode and that didn't work.

Once I had cloned the drive, i left it untouched, while I tried to transfer the clone on my external hard drive to the 250 GB drive. I had to make a partition on the external and reclone the 80GB drive so I could use Clonezilla to transfer that clone onto the new drive.

I cloned the original twice, and left it untouched. It was functioning properly before I replaced it the second time with the 250 GB drive.

Infact, I did change the drive letter of the hard drive to F: so I could try to boot from the external hard drive, and I can't remember if I changed it back.

Edited by marlon667, 16 July 2012 - 06:42 AM.

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Well I am consulting with some experts so please be patient with me, this is very unusual.

Regards,

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