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How to fix my partion boot menu on windows xp?

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So i wanted to install a copy of windows 7 on my pc but didnt want to lose windows xp, so i got some program (forgot the name) to partition the hard drive and on windows xp i then set windows 7 as the default operating system and set the os boot selection menu for 5 seconds. I then decided to remove windows 7 but stupidly deleted the partion before removing the boot menu setting and before actually removing windows 7. now what happens is when i turn my computer on it goes to the boot menu calleed windows boot manager and i have to choose the option earlier installations of windows or windows 7 if i choose earlier installation it loads up xp if i choose windows 7 or i dont choose anything after a few seconds it goes to a menu saying

windows failed to start. a recent hardware or software change might be the cause. to fix the problem:

1. insert windows installation disc and restart your computer.
2. choose your language settings and then click "next".
3. click repair your computer.

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info: the boot selection failed because a required device is inaccessible

i tried to follow the instructions with the window 7 disk with no success it came to the same menu.

i then have to press a button for it to restart and start over to the same menu. help!!

sorry for the lack of information its been a while
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Welcome to TSF!

Download EasyBCD or EasyBCD Beta and use it to restore the XP Bootloader. You'll have to have .Net Framework 2.0 installed as well if you don't already have it.

Or use the Recovery Console to run the FIXMBR and FIXBOOT commands
To boot into the XP Recovery Console:
You may need to enter the BIOS and make sure the CD is set as the first boot device, or you might have a Boot Menu you can access with a key press when you start the PC. F12 is common.
When you boot from the CD, the following is displayed:
Press any key to boot from CD....
Press any key so it will boot from the CD.
Next on a black screen:
Setup is inspecting your computer's hardware configuration...
Screen turns Blue, and Windows Setup is displayed at the top.
at the bottom is displayed the following in sequence:
Press F6 if you need to install a third party SCSI or RAID driver
Press F2 to run Automated System Recovery (ASR)...
Setup is loading files (file names displayed)
Title changes to Windows XP Professional Setup

The options to setup or repair Windows are displayed
Choose To repair a Windows XP installation using recovery console, press R.
You may need to choose the Windows installation if you have a dual boot system
You will need to enter the Administrator password unless you previously disabled that requirement; if it's blank, just press enter.

This should leave you at a C:\Windows> prompt.

Type FIXMBR and press enter. You'll get a warning that the MBR is not a normal one, continue anyway.
Type FIXBOOT and press enter
Type Exit and press enter to reboot.
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