Hi I have a question about recovering my Windows XP boot loader.
Situation is the following: I have two HDDs on my notebook. Primary (first HDD) was installed with Windows XP. This HDD has two partitions (C(system),D(data)), on the Data partition I installed a second OS, Windows 7. Bootloader was taken from Windows 7 and booting was just fine. Then I have decided to install Windows 7 on second HDD (HDD in CADY instead of DVD). Installation was successful and I could choose from BIOS whether to boot from primary HDD (then Windows XP or Windows 7) or second HDD and only Windows 7. I then wanted to install also Ubuntu 12.1 and here I made mistake…
I installed Ubuntu on second HDD where the only free space I had was available. It messed up my boot loader on my primary HDD and thus takeover option to boot primary Windows 7 and second HDD Windows 7 and Ubuntu. I want get rid of Ubuntu Grub2 boot loader and rather come back to the Windows XP boot loader. I do not care anymore about primary Windows 7 OS (this was handling XP booting), I will keep Windows 7 only on a second HDD and Ubuntu will reinstall to my second HDD with its Grub2 boot loader.
My question is: how do I get rid of Ubuntu’s Grub2 boot loader and bring back the Windows XP boot loader? Because this is a company notebook and it is a company installation of XP, I don’t really want to reinstall Windows XP if I dont have to. I do not have experience with FreeBSD and don’t want to let it break my copy of XP if I dont have to. I still can live with this setup, I can choose un GRUB2 Windows 7 and then in Windows 7 boot loader select Windows XP.
Editor’s Note: So to recap – remove GRUB2 bootloader and repair the Windows XP bootloader ideally without using the installation DVD or re-installing XP itself.