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re installing Vista boot manager

  1. #1


    Jeff Guest

    re installing Vista boot manager

    I have both XP and Vista installed and had dual booting working well... but I
    started playing and have now lost the ability to boot to Vista (no boot
    manager screen) and system boots directly to XP.

    Is there a way to reinstall the Vista boot manager WITHOUT reinstalling
    Vista (as I have added programs/files and customized it)?

    I also noticed that I can no longer see the partition where Vista was
    installed ;o( - Partition magic reports my 2nd harddive (containing partition
    for Vista, as "bad"

    I was playing with boot-us when I had caused this problem.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance.

    Jeff

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  2. #2


    Alejo Guest

    RE: re installing Vista boot manager

    as far as checking to see if the partition for Vista is still OK, go to
    control panel > administrative tools > computer management -- then click
    disk management and see if XP says the partition is there. it should also
    tell you if it is still healthy. (this will only tell you if there is
    something wrong with the file table not the actual installation)

    to restore the vista's boot loader (BCD) just start the computer with the
    install DVD and when you get to the "install" screen look at the bottom left,
    choose "repair installation". it will then report if your installation is
    still valid or rather if it found it. highlight the vista installation in the
    box and press next. then at the next box you will be presented with a number
    of choices, choose "repair". after it is done repairing click finish and the
    computer will restart.
    if you are lucky this worked, if not then dont freak out and try it again;
    same steps dont try to change things up. try it 3 times (if you need to) if
    nothing after the third time the installation may be just done for.
    when vista is done repairing and before you click finish you will be
    presented with a dialog box telling you that the repair was succesful, click
    on "view report" (or something like that) and you will see what vista fixed.
    what i have found is that each time Vista fixed a differnt thing. first the
    boot loader, then the MBR, then some random program -- which that only
    happened once with Beta2.

    good luck

    "Jeff" wrote:

    > I have both XP and Vista installed and had dual booting working well... but I
    > started playing and have now lost the ability to boot to Vista (no boot
    > manager screen) and system boots directly to XP.
    >
    > Is there a way to reinstall the Vista boot manager WITHOUT reinstalling
    > Vista (as I have added programs/files and customized it)?
    >
    > I also noticed that I can no longer see the partition where Vista was
    > installed ;o( - Partition magic reports my 2nd harddive (containing partition
    > for Vista, as "bad"
    >
    > I was playing with boot-us when I had caused this problem.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanks in advance.
    >
    > Jeff


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  3. #3


    Jeff Guest

    RE: re installing Vista boot manager

    Hi Alejo,

    Thanks for the suggstions. here is what I have found:

    1. XP computer management reports - Vista NTFS Healthy(Unknown Partition) -
    logical drive

    2. Ran Vista repair few times - first time boot sector code for system disk
    partition corrupt - and corrected.

    3. system now shows boot menu for dual boot ) BUT when Vista is choosen it
    starts to boot (initial (c) Microsoft Corp) screen then reboots.

    4. I still cannot see my Vista drive when using XP windows explorer

    5. partition Magic still shows drive with Vista as "bad"

    Any other ideas?

    jeff



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  4. #4


    Jeff Guest

    RE: re installing Vista boot manager

    YEAH!!

    I think I've got it fixed!!

    Seemed that Boot-US was hidding my Vista Partition (because I told it to).
    By uninstalling the boot-us manager I've got both OS back and I can see Vista
    from XP and XP from Vista.

    More checks tomorrow, but now times for dessert.

    Jeff

      My System SpecsSystem Spec


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