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Help in dual-booting Windows XP and Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy)

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bcmummy
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Okay, so I followed instructions to a T on a very thorough guide of how to partition and dual-boot Ubuntu Hardy and Windows XP (Except for the partitioning part; I had an existing large partition made for the purpose). I am getting Windows XP on the GRUB Bootloader, but it has an Error 13: Cannot read or execute format.



I can find plenty of guides on the internet about how to install a Linux distro AFTER Windows, but not how to install Windows after Linux.


Any help here?

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thegeek
The Geek
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Did you already install Windows, or are you trying to do so now?

Typically installing Windows after linux is simple... it just usually wipes out the boot loader.

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bcmummy
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I have already installed Windows. Ah; give me a second, I'll write down exactly what it says when I try to boot.

The bootloader looks much like this: http://static.flickr.com/61/15.....3889_o.jpg except that there are three different Ubuntu main loads and there are three recovery modes. (I'm sure this isn't normal.)

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thegeek
The Geek
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Actually if you load a bunch of kernel patches on Ubuntu that always ends up happening. There's a command, I forget what it is right now, that will clean that up.

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thegeek
The Geek
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Read this comment for an explanation of how to get rid of those (the correct way)

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto.....ment-44354

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bcmummy
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Okay... well, the boot menu certainly looks a lot better, thanks, but unfortunately, it still will not boot into Windows XP.

When I attempt to boot into it, it shows "Error 13: Invalid or unsupported executable format. Press any key to continue."

Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention: soon after booting up, it shows:

Drive 1 not found: Serial ATA, SATA-2
Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the setup utility

I have a Dell Dimension 4700 from 2004 if that should make a lick of difference.

Another difference between the screenshot and my computer is that XP is listed under memtest like it's another Ubuntu branch.

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