My configuration was this -
Disk1 contained XP Pro, Disk2 contained Vista 64 Ultimate. I had it
dual-booting, where BIOS booted off Disk1. I am not sure if this was the way
things were meant to be because I had to install XP first before I installed
Vista, or what. So whatever it was doing, the boot file on the XP disk was
what caused it to ask me each startup whether or not I wanted to boot Vista
or XP, with Vista being the default if I chose nothing after 30 seconds.
So, last night I finally got my new smartphone, and when I found out
ActiveSync doesn't like Vista, I figured - hey, why not, I'll go install it
on XP and run it from there. Big mistake, as apparently ActiveSync messes
with the boot file on XP. Why? I don't know. I just know that when I
restarted, I got a nice, big fat boot failure error. This happens whether or
not I attempt to boot from Disk1 or Disk2.
So alright, I figure, I'll take my handy Installation disk and repair the
boot file. If I load Windows Vista on the CDROM with my normal configuration
- that is, with BIOS booting from Disk1 - while I can see my Vista
installation from the repair window, it does not detect any errors with the
boot file. If I load it with BIOS attempting to boot from Disk2, which has
the Vista installation on it, it does not detect ANY Vista installation at
Now, I am really not that bothered about losing my XP installation - I
thought I would run into more problems when I originally set this
configuration up, but insofar, I've enjoyed Vista, and the deal with
ActiveSync is the first time I've needed to even load XP since I first set
everything up. So at this point, if I could repair Vista to load on it's
own, that'd be grand. But I really do NOT want to lose my Vista installation
unless it is last case scenario.
The problem is, though, as I said - I can't detect the installation when I
attempt to repair, or if it does detect, then it says it doesn't need to be
repaired. This is a big lie!
SO, my question at this point is - can I repair the boot file when I have my
Vista installation slaved up to a working computer (by simply replacing files
on the disk)? If so, what do I need to do?