I recently tried to reformat one of the partitions in my dual boot PC. I originally had XP and then installed 7 as a dual boot. Well, long story short, XP was having problems, so I reformatted the XP partition and lost my ability to dual boot.
I first tried EasyBCD, to fix the problem, but this made things worse. Upon restart I could no longer even load XP. Thus, I deleted the XP partition entirely in hopes to just have the Windows 7 partition and be able to boot.
Of course, this failed too and left me only able to boot from CD.
Is there any way I can fix this problem? I have tried commands in the command prompt off the 7 cd. I tried bootrec /rebuildbcd and got an element not found error. I then tried to make the partition active by using diskpart, but it give me a "the specified partition type is not valid for this operation" error.
That's where I'm at. Thank you so much in advance for the help!
Hi Newcomer and Welcome to the Tom's hardware forum.
It seems that XP partition is still in FAT 32 mode, change the partition type to NTFS.
Windows 7 cannot use FAT32!
Read this & fix your issue! http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927520
you have installed windows 7 after Xp, so the Xp have Boot records , but you deleted the xp partition, so the problem is you lost you boot records ,, so try to use repair or else do a fresh install..
"saran008 " said windows 7 cannot use fat32.....
of-course you can't use it for installing the OS, even though "lordlaxative" may used fat32 in xp, windows 7 can read it by default,,, so its note the problem here