cant boot into xp or vista.

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  1. superdunkaroos

    superdunkaroos Master Guru

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    hey guys

    i have vista ultimate installed on c: and xp on d:
    now yesterday i managed to screw up the boot loader somehow(thats what ive been told it is) and now so i cant even get to the dual os selection screen when u start up your computer, it just keeps restarting.

    now i have tried fixing the startup files by booting from the vista dvd and even tried to restore it to an earlier date, but nothing has worked so far.

    i cant get in2 any os right now.

    help me:(
     
  2. Raven'sBlood

    Raven'sBlood Master Guru

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    You should partiton the HD that your vista ultimate is installed on. The way i did it was i used partiton magic. I installed vista home premium first then partitoned my HD to 130gb. Since it was a 320gb hd i still had space left for vista.




    Don't worry about this too much --- basically an artifact of the differences between the XP and Vista installation and pre-boot environments.

    When you get back into XP, run the VistaBootPRO --- go to the System Bootloader tab, choose the Vista Bootloader, choose specific drive, and install the Vista bootloader in C: (your current XP drive) --- your current inability to boot is probably caused by the fact that you chose the hidden partition, and you cannot boot from a hidden partition anino

    Then, go to Manage OS Entries -- add an entry for Windows Vista, pointing to the drive letter (in XP) of your Vista installation location, and Apply updates. If you see an earlier entry for Vista before creating the new one, delete that entry smilenod

    When you reboot, you should be able to dual-boot XP and Vista.
     
  3. superdunkaroos

    superdunkaroos Master Guru

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    because i cant boot into either of the os's right now what i am doing is installing xp in a different folder on the previous xp partition to get easy bcd or vista boot pro to work.

    any suggestions, will this work?
     
  4. superdunkaroos

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    k guys now i got xp to run..both of them the original and the new xp on the same partition.

    now i have two questions:
    1)how do i remove the latest xp installation ..because i have all the updates on the original xp, so no need for this one now.

    2)in the boot menu now i only get the two xp's but not vista, im trying vista bootloader 3.3 , do i select vista boot loader or legacy boot loader and what bootloader install option do i use?
     

  5. WhiteLightning

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    Boot with the xp install cd
    choose recovery
    then in the following window :

    CHKDSK /r

    then

    fixboot C:

    that is what you should have done :)
     
  6. superdunkaroos

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    somehow i coulnt get to the recovery console, it comes after windows loads all the drivers right?

    wasnt there :(

    so now what do i do?
     
  7. WhiteLightning

    WhiteLightning Don Illuminati Staff Member

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    no it comes when you boot from the cd. not from your hd.

    is it listed in add / remove programs ?

    Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click Add or Remove Programs.


    if not you can try




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    Start your computer using your XP CD.
    2.

    Enter Recovery Console from first menu and login.
    3.

    Type “cd\” press “Enter”.
    4.

    Now type cd\windows\system32 , press “Enter”
    5.

    Type “osuninst.exe”, press ENTER.
    6.

    Now follow onscreen prompts to uninstall XP
     
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  8. superdunkaroos

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    ofcourse i booted frm the cd, cant find the recovery console it just goes to the list of partitions and the only options are install windows delete partition and exit.

    not listed in add/remove programs...would an installation of windows show up on this?
     
  9. WhiteLightning

    WhiteLightning Don Illuminati Staff Member

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    so your not getting this screen ?

    [​IMG]
     
  10. superdunkaroos

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    yes exactly..after it loads ntfs and some other files the screen blinks and im taken to the partitions page.

    strange, never actually experienced this before.
     

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    You are pressing R on the "Welcome to Setup" screen right ?

    Description of the Windows XP Recovery Console


    Im not sure how to best go about this with two XP's on the same partition.

    I would say delete the XP installed into a folder, then boot the XP CD and from the recovery console do a fixmbr to make sure XP can boot (if the XP install you deleted was the system partition). Then after that you will need to repair the Vista boot using the DVD (boot the Vista DVD and do a startup repair).
     
  12. Nemes1s

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    This is exactly the reason i have 2 dedicated drives for 2 OS's. And when installing an OS, DISCONNECT ALL OTHER DRIVES!!!!!

    None of this dual boot crap. Simply change HDD order in the BIOS to whichever HDD you want to boot from. Simple. And if one OS fails, it wont affect the other. Brilliant really.
     

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