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My recovery partition's bootloader was overwritten by Windows XP!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by GoldenKevin, Jan 6, 2011.

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  1. GoldenKevin

    GoldenKevin Thread Starter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Hi guys,
    I performed a system recovery on my HP Pavilion that came preinstalled with Windows Vista. Right afterwards, I installed Windows XP from a retail disk. When that finished, I realized when I booted XP that the C drive was the recovery partition, and so the bootloader was installed there during installation. I successfully copied all files from the recovery partition to the XP partition and it worked just fine booting into the XP partition. However, when I try booting into the recovery partition, it still tries to boot the XP partition. When I deleted the NTLDR files from the recovery partition, booting into it gave me a "NTLDR is missing", which shouldn't happen at all normally because my recovery partition runs Vista, and Vista uses BOOTMGR, not NTLDR that XP used.

    Now, my Vista and XP partitions boot perfectly fine but I still cannot find a way to fix my recovery partition. I've heard of the tool EasyBCD, but the UI is apparently too complicated for me to understand. What I want to do is restore the boot loader on the recovery partition (which runs Windows Vista) from my Windows Vista operating system partition so that when I boot that partition, it boots the recovery partition utility instead of trying to boot Windows XP. EasyBCD looks like it allows me to fix the partition that it's running on but I don't know how to fix a different partition that runs Vista. Does anyone have a clue on how I can proceed on this?
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