[Thinkpad] using another version of XP

Joe Zien jozien at comcast.net
Fri Dec 26 21:09:14 CST 2008


RayBay wrote:
> Be sure you re-hide the file when you are done, or there is likely to  
> be trouble ahead.
>
> Actually it is just as easy to unhide windows files.  The people at 
> Microsoft don't want to make a bid deal of it because of the meddling 
> some users will go to... but the "how to" is published several places 
> on their support sites and knowledge base.
>
>
> ________
>
>
> Never put off until tomorrow
> what you can do the day after tomorrow.
>  
> . .  .   .    .     .      .       .        .         Mark Twain
>
>
> On Fri, Dec 26, 2008 at 2:40 PM, Joe Zien <jozien at comcast.net 
> <mailto:jozien at comcast.net>> wrote:
>
>     RayBay wrote:
>
>         Best way is to buy or borrow another hard drive, and put the
>         old drive in an external enclosure such as the Vantec Nextstar
>         3, or any other USB drive.
>
>         Then install the new drive normally, after which you migrate
>         over the old files.
>
>         I know this is not the answer you want, but it is the fasted,
>         most secure way.
>
>          You may have to use the Recovery Console from a Windows Disk,
>         but it takes a long, long time.
>
>         You might also try cold booting to your Windows Disk to then
>         go through a few steps to Repair (not Repair Console) mode.
>          This will enable you to run a full windows install in repair
>         mode without damaging your regular files or folders.  BUT BE
>         CERTAIN YOU HAVE ALREADY CREATED A BACKUP IN SOME WAY... E.G.
>         THE ENCLOSURE.
>
>
>
>
>
>         See this microsoft support article
>
>         http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314058/en-us
>
>         The file you need could be in WINDOWS\System32 folder, and a
>         back up of the file
>         can found in the WINDOWS\system32\dllcache folder,  or
>         possibly in your
>         ServicePackFiles folders.
>
>         You will find a great deal of information with a gurgle
>         search. There are thousands who have had the same problem.
>
>         Good luck
>
>         ________
>
>
>         Never put off until tomorrow
>         what you can do the day after tomorrow.
>          . .  .   .    .     .      .       .        .         Mark Twain
>
>
>         On Thu, Dec 25, 2008 at 9:29 PM, Joe Zien <jozien at comcast.net
>         <mailto:jozien at comcast.net> <mailto:jozien at comcast.net
>         <mailto:jozien at comcast.net>>> wrote:
>
>            I have a ThinkPad T60 and when I start Windows XP, I get error:
>
>            autochk not found and XP will not boot
>
>            1 - how do I correct this
>
>            2 - can I avoid using rescue and recovery to return the
>         laptop to
>            original specs
>
>            3 - can I use another official XP cd to re-install XP and
>         avoid wiping
>            my whole drive,
>                I have the 160GIG drive full with various versions of
>         linux which
>            all work fine.
>
>            jozien
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>     I resolved my original problem.
>
>     The XP partition sda1 (linux) was hidden.
>
>     Used grub to unhide the partition.
>
>     grub > unhide (hd0,0)
>     grub > quit
>
>
>     Now I can boot XP as I did before.
>
>     linux is better than windows in solving problems
>
>     Thanks for your response to try to solve my problem.
>
>     jozien
>
>
Windows did not let me know that the c:\ drive was hidden.
Linux fdisk showed the hidden partition, thus "autochk not found"
I used grub to unhide the partion.

jozien


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