It seems that when you manage a bunch of machines with Symantec Ghost, you always end up with one or two that, for whatever reason, get stuck in the Ghost Virtual Boot Partition, and can’t boot back into windows. This can be really frustrating because you usually know what went wrong, and need to get back into Windows to fix the problem.
The good news is that setting the machine is really easy once you know how. I went through years of booting into DOS, and running fdisk from a floppy whenever this happened to me before I realized that fixing it is just a simple command that exists on the Ghost Virtual Partition.
Here is how it is done:
- Stop Ghost and go to a DOS prompt:
- If running the Ghost DOS client, NGctdos.exe, type Ctrl+X
- If running the Ghost executable, Ghost.exe, type Ctrl+C
- Change to the Ghost directory.
- Type cd Ghost
- Type ngctdos -hide
â€¨This last command hides the Ghost Boot Partition, makes the Windows partition active, and restarts the computer. You can then move on to fix the problem with minimal fuss, and get on with distributing the virus known as “Windows”.