Hey Brink I've got a question for you. My mbr got messed up when I was messing around with some partitions (facepalm). I have a Recovery DVD that was sent with my laptop but for some reason it doesn't give me the option of trying to repair vista and get into the recovery console. It only lets me re-install vista, which i don't want to do. I am able to get back into my Vista desktop by using a PLoP Boot Manager DVD I made prior to the mbr mess-up. I then opened up command prompt and tried running the commands "bootrec.exe /fixmbr" and "bootrec.exe /fixboot" but it doesn't recognize them as commands. I figured it would work just fine through cmd but i guess not. do i need to put something before those commands to make it work or should i just make a recovery disk and do it that way? Thanks for your help!
Well I figured it'd be nice to have a recovery disk on hand so i just went that route so don't worry about me.
thanks for the great walk through!