circumstances have changed, so i decided to ask this on this forum instead....
I recently (15 minutes ago) decided I wanted to install Ubuntu on my Windows XP computer. I used G-parted to reallocate 30gb of unallocated space on my HDD. I made a 20GB ext3 drive, a 2gb swap drive, and a 7gb FAT32 drive for transfer between OS's. I put in the LiveCD for 7.04, and I manually edited partitions for install. Before the install was complete, I canceled it, because I decided I didnt want to install Linux right then. (bad choice). I tried booting, but got my mobo's boot agent.. I thought that was odd, so I put back in G-parted, and checked the Partitions. My Windows one was still there. I deleted all the partitions I was going to use for Linux and turned them back into unallocated space. I then tried booting into XP again, but yet again, got the boot agent. I tried manually booting from the partition in G-parted, but I got a message stating "Error when accessing disk" . I tried this again, and the "booting from partition 1" screen just froze there. I tried making a new NFTS partition to re-intall windows on, and then transfer the files from the other windows partition was on, but that plot was foiled once I got the the Product Key screen, it said my key was invalid, even though i took it directly off the back of my case and checked it twice. I also tried using the "repair drive" function on the WindowsXP CD, but hit yet another brick wall when it asked for an admin password. I typed in my password, but it said it was invalid. I tried this a couple of times, until the CD booted my from the repair function. Is there any way to get Windows to boot again without a total reinstall? Is there something like GRUB on the MBR that isn't allowing it to load? Did I make the HDD corrupt? will i have to get another Windows Product Key to reinstall if I need to do that?
Thanks so much to those who help!
I finally managed to reset the password for Windows using Knoppix and mad regedit skills. (not really all that mad, its a simple things to do). Unfortunately, the recovery console off the CD does me no good. After Making a new Boot Sector, a new MBR, and using chkdsk /p to scan for corrupted files, but to no avail. The CD insists there is nothing wrong.... But why is it that my boot list, which has my HDD as primary boot device, ignores my HDD and skips to the next like there is nothing on it? I've checked it with Gparted,too, nothing.