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syskplim

active partition

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i am using winxp home with SP2.

after i added a hidded primary partition in front of my current partition, i can't load my winxp anymore. it keeps on prompt 'Missing Operation System'..

How can i reactive back my windows without remove that hidden partition? i need that hidden partition for another testing..

Please help....

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You do not specify WHICH actions did you take.

I am just guessing, but there are two probabilities:

1) The arcpath in your boot.ini is invalid

2) The hidden partition has been set as ACTIVE in the partition table

How to for 1):

Still guessing, if your C:\ drive is NTFS, make a Win9x boot disk with this utility:

EDITBINI:

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/utilities.html

And use it to add some more arcpaths in the boot.ini, if your actual entry is:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Home"

Add a line like:

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\Windows="Microsoft Windows XP Home 2nd"

If your drive is FAT 16 or FAT 32 you can use the EDIT command on the "standard"

Win9x boot disk

How to for 2):

Get a DOS partition table editor, like this one:

PTEDIT:

ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_...ties/ptedit.zip

And use it to set back the non-hidden partition to ACTIVE (i.e. 80)

You might need to do BOTH of the above.

Find here some info on the way NT/2k/XP/2003 boot:

http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=33030

You could also try to make the NT/2k/XP/2003 boot diskette depicted in the xxcopy site, this should allow to access the XP install booting from floppy, but you still have to make the repairs on the HD.

jaclaz

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wa haha ~~ :) i followed the 1 method and get it done.. ~~

actually, i had set my hidden partition as active before i hide it.

After i used PM to hide that partition, it was changed and only my Winxp partition is activated.

I learned a lot in this topic especially the given links. Thankx jaclaz. :thumbup

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You're welcome.

:)

jaclaz

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