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I'm having trouble getting Windows XP and Ubuntu dual boot to work on an Ideapad S205. Fortunately I found people with similar issues and a possible solution. The solution is posted here:

I'm currently stuck on steps 8-9 because the diskpart that comes with Windows XP does not support activating partitions. Nor does it have the bootsect tool.

8. bootsect /nt60 C:

9. diskpart --> select disk 0 --> select partition 3 --> active --> exit

Are there equivalent tools for XP or do I have to boot with some other ISO to make it work?

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Use a Vista or Windows 7 ISO to boot from for those tools. As long as you stay in WinPE, you won't damage your XP install.

However, with bootsect.exe, you need to pass /nt52 instead of /nt60 for it to work with XP.

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thank you, I'll try it out asap. – Uku Loskit Dec 18 '11 at 16:45
ok, i followed the instructions but no signs of grub on boot :/, thank you for the WinPE knowledge, though. – Uku Loskit Dec 18 '11 at 19:21
Well, bootsect.exe will rewrite the MBR, so losing Grub would be somewhat expected. You might need to boot an Ubuntu live CD/USB and reinstall grub. I'm surprised that there'd be any problems installing Ubuntu after Windows 7, but I don't spend enough time with Ubuntu to know how to help you out more. – afrazier Dec 19 '11 at 17:24

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