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Recovery Partition Hi recently i had booting problems when dual-booting vista with linux but you guys helped me out with that. Thanks. Now i want to recover vista back to default. The problem is when trying to load recovery console at start, the F8 button doesn't work. The recovery partion is still there and healthy. There is no option to mark the recovery Partion as active. Is there a software that can do it?

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Had dual boot with linux, lose my XP. I have the 5 cd recovery disk, but I can not install my XP back.


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The issue you are having involves using multiple systems,...If your emachine came with vistan and you installed xp, you voided your warranty status...However remove your dual boot and stick to vista if you wanna keep your restore partition working properly.....On a side note theres usually conflict with running OEM OS's on dual boot...typically it doesnt work and if it does it doesnt work like you want it to! so here is what you can do..Call Emachine up and fib to them a bit (just alittle) tell them that you cought a nasty bug and it messed with your restore partition and now you cant restore your pc....request the factory programing discs (if you ask nicely they'll hook you up 99.99% of the time) you get the discs so you can reprogram the pc to factory spec if you ever wanted to. Now use a retail version of vista and a retail version of xp. and create your dual boot, feel free to remove your restore partition if you want (cause you have the factory programing discs if you wanna go back to stock stuff YAY) I hope this helps!

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http://www.tech-tips-now.com/2008/11/12/how-to-dual-boot-vista-and-ubuntu-810-part-7/

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Don't try to edit the xp boot.ini or the vista bootloader. It only leads to other problems and headaches.
Try this first: Take note as to which drive has vista on it, put your vista installation cd in the drive and let it boot to the "installation window", then choose "repair", then "startup repair." Make sure you choose the drive that already has vista on it. Let that run and when it re-boots you should then be given a choice to boot to vista or "other windows".
There is also a (free) program called EasyBCD. Download that, read the directions and have at it.
If none of that works, you'll have to do a clean install. Install XP on one drive first, then Vista on the second drive in that order. The Vista bootloader will pick up the XP. However, XP is NOT forward compatible and will not recognize the Vista bootloader. Make sure that you don't have any flashdrives or media cards plugged in before doing the install.
Another approach would be to shrink the Vista volume, creat a new partition, then install Linux Ubuntu that partition. Linux will detect all of the OS's and create a boot menu. Unfortunately, you'll lose about 5 gigs to the Linux OS and it's swap partition, but then, you get to goof around with Linux :-)

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1st, install windows or if you have already its good .

Then, download Linux distribution that suits You better
Download It and burn into a CD or DVD with ISO file you can use Magic ISO or other manufacturer

then Go to BIOS setup and set 1st priority is the CD or DVD drive and save and exit

and install follow the instruction of linux.

also if you chose capacity of windows or linux is to little dont worry you can make install a partition magic and resize what you like....

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of course there is no guarantee it will cure your problem but it is a very powerful tool I have used with some success. Please rate my assistance as we depend on your rating to carry on giving FREE advice.

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