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Vista wont let me boot it anymore!!!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by dark_threat, Dec 3, 2006.

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  1. dark_threat

    dark_threat Thread Starter

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    I had XP pro installed on my computer, and then I got vista but didn't want to wipe xp just yet in case i didn't like vista. So i installed vista on my second hard drive (i have two). Then I needed some more room and decided I was going to take windows out, but since it wasn't upgraded, there was no clear way to uninstall xp, so i booted vista in safe mode and told it to format C: with automatic options (which is the hard drive with XP on it), but it said that it was not allowed to wipe a system partition (for XP), so then i just typed format C: with no options and it said that the drive was in use, but I could dismiss it and all opened handles would become invalid. So i said yes, and it formatted it.

    Beforehand, when I started my computer, it allowed me to choose to open vista or XP, but after the format it said that no operating system was found. So i had to reinstall windows on the formatted harddrive and I can access the second drive, and everything is there, however I cannot boot vista.

    Is there something I can do to be able to boot vista?

    I tried setting the boot options to the 1st hard drive and then the second, but vista still wont boot.

    I appreciate any help
     
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    dark_threat Thread Starter

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    and now, the drive letter for the second hard drive (with vista) has changed from F to C
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    Don't you just LOVE the way MS handle multiboot.

    The boot code for any machine using Microsoft Boot manager will always live on the partition with the oldest version of Windows - and this is where it goes to find the other versions.
    In your case the boot code was on the XP partition, so when you formatted that you 'lost' the boot manager which told it where Vista was as well.
    When you reinstalled XP it only set up XP in the boot manager because the XP install doesn't know Vista exists.

    You need to do the Vista equivalent of a recovery console to fix the Vista boot.
    Boot from the Vista DVD and follow the install through up to the point it asks about repair, then do a repair to the boot.
     
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