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Thread: Dual boot fiasco, again.:(




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    After finally working out the bugs on my 98/XP dual boot, my son downloads a music file from Winmx and gets a bunch of spyware and a message that says my MBR has been changed.
    Now, I no longer get a bootloader option screen and cannot access XP. Why would adware/spyware want to alter my MBR and can I get it back without having to do a XP install?..Thanks in advance for any help.

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    That would be a virus, not spyware. By definition, if it does something so harsh as to destroy your MBR it's a virus. Would I be right to assume you can't access 98 (you only said you couldn't access XP)?
    You can try using the repair features of the XP CD, but I have never used them (and most likely never will), so someone else will have to help you there.

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    From what I can remember of having to fix my MBR in XP after something went wrong with a Linux drive...

    1) Boot into the console repair mode
    2) Log in to the administrator profile
    3) Type "fixmbr"

    If I am wrong on the exact command, I hope someone will correct me but I did thing that was it.
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    you can also boot off a floppy with fdisk and use:
    [code:1:468ba7b064]fdisk /mbr[/code:1:468ba7b064]
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    if you've got a maxtor hd... well... you can use maxblast 3 which you can download at maxtor.com ( once you enter the program you can restore the mrb boot code ) .... or use a bootloader like bootmagic or stuff next time...
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    Thanks for the replies. I cannot access anything other than 98.
    The bootloader screen that use to ask me whick os to use is no longer showing up during the boot sequence. I was told (by a co-worker) that in all likelyhood, fdisk/MBR would delete my bootloader screen, assuming it is still present. Is he correct?
    My XP redises on a different hard drive than 98 does, but I cannot get to the desktop at all in XP.

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    Oh.... I misunderstood. That's not really your boot loader. It's just an output form of it that occurs when you have two Windows OSs on. Somehow, XP was removed from it. Make sure you can see hidden files, and go to C:\boot.ini and open it with notepad. Post the contents and we'll tell you how to edit it. Either that, or someone with a link explaining what to do (saving me the trouble :wink: ) will post (I remember someone posting it a few times).

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    boot.ini from the "C" prompt yields a "Bad command or file name" message.
    Using the search option in Windows98 turns up nothing. I'm guessing it has been deleted?

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    I doubt it, but you could just recreate it anyway.

    Open up notepad. From there, go to open. For file name, type in "C:Boot.ini" (with no quotes). Click open.

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