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I recently installed Vista on my PC, a clean install, and it has been running fine until this morning. I turned my computer off last night, wake up, and I am surprised by:


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Booting 'Windows Vista'
acpi
Vista Loader 2.1.0
Done!
fallback 1 
find --set-root /bootmgr
Error 17: File not found
    Booting 'Windows NT/200/XP'
fallback 2
find --set-root /ntldr
Error 17:    Booting 'Enter Command Line'
Boot failed! Press any key to enter command line.
I have searched the internet and most of the problems have to do with dual booting. I have not once dual booted this computer. This error just popped out of no where with no hardware changes. I have used the Vista dvd to try the startup repair, it says there is nothing wrong. I went into the command line within the repair utility and checked bcdedit in the sys 32 folder to see if anything was up with the boot file, nothing. I am clueless...

Thanks in advance,
Andrew
 

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Nope, I tried to boot into safe mode multiple times, didnt get past that boot problem (which came literally seconds after bios loadup. And I tried a system restore using the Vista disk, it said it was successful, but then didnt work, so i tried it again, and it acted like it didnt even restore.
 
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I tried that, it said there was nothing wrong and wouldnt continue.
Did you try it more than once? Sometimes 2 or more repairs are needed.
 
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Did you also run chkdsk to repair any disk errors?

Who installed Vista for you?

The Vista Loader mentioned may be an early version of a Chinese hack to make Vista think it is being installed on an OEM machine. If this is the case, you will need to format the drive and install a legal copy of Vista.
 

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No, its been my machine since I got it. Its been passworded all over so no one but me can get on it. Got a bios and the windows. And I'm sure no one else knows it
 
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What do you mean "got a bios"? You mean a BIOS password?

Can you get into the BIOS setup?

Did you install any programs called "Vista Boot"?
 

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I have a bios password is what I meant, and yeah I can get into the setup. The problem occurs right after that.

No, I don't remember installing anything like that, i've only had the computer on vista for about a week
 
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I have the exact same problem. Doesn't seem to be any reason for it.

The only thing that is unique to my situation is I was using a new hard drive that had been temporarily used for storage on XP system.

Wanting to start fresh, I deleted that partition during the setup of Vista and created 2 new partitions. My goal was to leave one partition open for the installation of XP in the future.

After going through the installation I end up with Error 17. I did repairs, etc., no problems found.

I started over, deleted partitions, formated both of them, end up with Error 17.

Started over, tried to delete both partitions (now I can't delete for some reason) haven't had a chance to reinstall yet.

Anyone found the source of this problem?
 
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