Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I corrupted my default partition, after I had made a 2nd partition while trying to do a dual-boot. I then installed WinXP on the 2nd empty partition and now I'm able to view all my files except those which are locked by my user. I need to fix my AUTOEXEC file so I can boot into it.

share|improve this question

migrated from Sep 3 '12 at 2:45

This question came from our site for professional and enthusiast programmers.

Since you are using Windows XP, you can try to restart your computer with DOS prompt and use the fdisk /mbr command:

fdisk /mbr

You can use that to rewrite the master boot record and change which partitions you can boot into without writing over the data on your partitions.

share|improve this answer
@Mat I'm sorry I thought that it was a programming issue and that I could get assistance with my problem. Thank you fuzzyanalysis, I will try that. – Etari Pnoit Aug 5 '12 at 18:08
@fuzzyanaliysis How would I restart into the DOS prompt? I thought that was only in Win98. My email is: so I don't get in more trouble for posting this question on the wrong site. – Etari Pnoit Aug 5 '12 at 19:51
You can try and insert the Win98 CD into the PC and choose to boot it with DOS prompt. Then do the fdisk /mbr. – fuzzyanalysis Aug 10 '12 at 6:35
But I have WinXP on the partition, does that matter? – Etari Pnoit Aug 11 '12 at 22:02
fdisk /mbr won't erase your partition, it will help configure it. – fuzzyanalysis Aug 12 '12 at 22:05

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .