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In the past month I had installed, then uninstalled Madrake Linux 9.2. Upon returning to my bumbling Win ME, the Mandrake Bootloader still required me to prompt my boot choice.

As a fix, I decided to installed Boot Magic (from a friend) - which hid the problem for me.

Since then, I have come to the world of XP - but now, everytime I start the computer an error message appears saying that it cannot find the correct boot image (hit any key and so on...). I no longer have access to the vile Boot Magic.

Is there a fix for this (say, reg editing) that I can do withOUT formatting my whole HD?

Spanks!
 

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Try booting from the XP disk, choose to repair the installation using the repair console. Once there run the "fixboot" command.
 

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Unfortunatley, this didn't work. Repartitioning and formatting didn't help either. Right after the BIOS finishes loading, here's the exact error:

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Error finding BTMAGIC.IMG
Run Bootmagic install
Press a key

Damn you boot magic!

(also, I can't seem to find the "a" key, only have an "A" -
thankfully, it seems I can just hit any of the keys)
 

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phunknight said:
Unfortunatley, this didn't work. Repartitioning and formatting didn't help either. Right after the BIOS finishes loading, here's the exact error:

-.||||||||
Error finding BTMAGIC.IMG
Run Bootmagic install
Press a key

Damn you boot magic!

(also, I can't seem to find the "a" key, only have an "A" -
thankfully, it seems I can just hit any of the keys)
BEFORE I EXPLAIN , I RECOMMEND YOU BACKUP YOUR REGISTRY FIRST, SO IF U DELETED THE WRONG KEY U CAN RESTORE , BUT IF U KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND, IT'S UP TO YOU.
O.K GO TO START, THEN RUN. TYPE IN REGEDIT THEN O.K. CLICK ON EDIT THEN GO TO FIND. NOW TYPE IN "BOOTMAGIC" ONCE FOUND CLICK ON THE BTMAGIC FOLDER AND DELETE IT AND ALL THE SUBKEYS.
O.K U MUST REPEAT THIS PROCESS AS BTMAGIC HAS ALOT OF REGISTRY ENTRIES. IF U KNOW HOW TO BROWSE THE REGISTRY THIS WILL SAVE TIME. I HAVE PASTED A QUICK PATH, TO HELP U REMOVE THE MAIN BTMAGIC KEY. ONCE FOUND DELETED IT.

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Installer\UserData\S-1-5-18\Products\36DA838BC0DFC2841B42176147B8CA54

ONCE THIS IS DONE EXIT REGISRTY EDITOR
NOW U SHOULD BE ABLE TO INSTALL BTMAGIC. ONCE INSTALLED RESTART THE COMPUTER AND THE MESSAGE SHOULD BE GONE. NOW U CAN SAFELY DELETE BTMAGIS THROUGH YOUR CONTROL PANEL
GOOD LUCK
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