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Nemmerle Forum Mod

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#1 11 years ago

I've managed to kill Vista's boot record by installing XP alongside it. Usually I'd just use the Vista DVD to repair the silly thing but the laptop came with Vista pre-installed *scowl* Any suggestions about how to fix it so I can boot into Vista again? I was thinking some sort of boot manager but the IT resources up here are quite limited and it'd need to be able to install itself from within Windows.




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#2 11 years ago

Google turned this up. VistaBootPRO - Go PRO with Microsoft Windows Vista Boot Manager

First I heard of it. So I did some research. FileForum | VistaBootPRO PC World - PC World Downloads - VistaBootPro EasyBCD 1.1 Beta Released - The NeoSmart Forums

It appears to be quality freeware. Although there is some dispute over who created it to begin with.




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#3 11 years ago

Are they installed on the same partition?




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#4 11 years ago

Nope.




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#5 11 years ago

In which case then any boot loader will do. All you need to do is point it at the correct partitions on the hard drive for your operating systems.

XP comes with a boot loader that will do the job, google for "boot.ini" for detailed information on it or view this MS KB article. How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP

Basicially, all you need to do is edit the boot.ini file to include the partition that you have installed vista on and it will give you the option to boot to that when you start up.

Ignore any comments from people saying that boot loaders need to be compatible with vista, boot loaders run before the OS is loaded.




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#6 11 years ago

I've tried to use a bootloader to get to the partition that Vista is installed to and it just boots straight to XP, trying to boot from the partition that XP is installed to returns the error that NTLDR is not present. I think more than just the boot record may be screwy :( Which is odd since I can still see all the files on the drive that Vista is on since they're both NTFS.




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#7 11 years ago

Nemmerle;4019423I've tried to use a bootloader to get to the partition that Vista is installed to and it just boots straight to XP, [/quote] Hmmm....

Nemmerle;4019423trying to boot from the partition that XP is installed to returns the error that NTLDR is not present.

I'm not sure that is incorrect. I wonder where the NTLDR files are located. Probably on the Vista partition.

Are you sure you have the C:\boot.ini settings set correctly for Vista?

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista" multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP"

[QUOTE=Nemmerle;4019423]I think more than just the boot record may be screwy :( Which is odd since I can still see all the files on the drive that Vista is on since they're both NTFS.

Hmmm....




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#8 11 years ago

If your MBR was hosed, you wouldn't be able to boot any OS.

Your problem lies in a boot.ini file that was overwritten, I'm sure of it. Follow Monster_user's suggestion with the settings in your boot.ini and see if that works. (it should)


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#9 11 years ago

I've tried Monster_user's suggestion, it gives me a black screen when I try to boot to the partition that has Vista with it. Booting to XP with it's fine, booting to any of the other partitions returns various error msgs about not being able to find files. :/




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#10 11 years ago

by partition, do you mean multiple partitions on one hard drive? or one partition per hard drive and you have multiple drives?


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