Recent content by paul1149

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    Booting from GPT factory recovery partition

    Thanks for your reply. I did run the bootrec commands in WinRE to recreate the BCD. I don't recall whether I then pursued trying a Reset or not. I suppose that would have been the thing to do, and that it is possible from the RE.
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    Booting from GPT factory recovery partition

    Hi, It's too late for the machine I was working on, but for future reference, is there any way to make the machine boot from the factory recovery partition on a GPT drive? DiskPart won't make such a partition Active, so I guess it's down to the BCD? Thanks.
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    Vista quandary

    Thanks, that's a good point about the licensing, one that I hadn't thought of. There's currently no optical drive here, but I think I can boot to a partition editor via usb. I'll see what I can find. Addendum: I took the drive out and tethered it to my Win7 laptop, and used Easy's...
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    BCD Deployment question

    That sounds exactly like what I was wondering. I wasn't sure how Easy identified the drive. Thanks much, Paul
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    BCD Deployment question

    Great job, guys, on cleaning up the verbals in Easy 2.1. I find it much simpler to understand. One think I'd like to ascertain, though, is under the Deployment tab. I tethered a hard drive to my system and created a BCD on it. I chose the Vista partition on that drive to boot, but my had...
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    Vista quandary

    The C drive, as seen by the RE, is the primary Windows partition. But I don't know what's on the disk beyond that, as this machine was given to me as-is. I know the Dell utilities are on there, of course. I've already used bootrec, so I'm past the point of no return. I just hit F12, and no...
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    Vista quandary

    I'm sorry to post another Vista problem, but mine is a bit different from those I've seen here. I'm trying to get a Dell Vista box to boot. The boot error is "C:\windows\system32\winload.exe not found." I've run Dell's utilities, and everything passed without problem. So I've been following...
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    Can't access Win7 BCD

    That's great. I'm glad it worked, and thanks for the confirmation! p.
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    I'm on 2010.07, and I have to say that this distro impresses me greatly. On my Win7 machine I tried a little trick to correct the grub menu, and it managed to hose my mbr/bcd. I used the win repair disk to get back to factory. Then I decided it would be best to instead put pclinux on my...
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    Yes, I did use the check box this time. Why would Easy pick drive D for grub? Doesn't this needlessly complicate things? D has nothing to do with linux, and the user might want to reformat it at some point. My problem with not accessing the grub menu was due to not being logged in as root...
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    Thanks, Terry. That makes sense. I found out that the PCLinux install wrote GRUB1 to the mbr of sdb. When I go there via the BIOS' ad hoc boot menu, I get the grub menu. And I went ahead and wrote the EasyBCD entry, and it too takes me to a grub menu. However, I am confused as to what...
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    Then what if it finds several? It would add a menu entry for each?
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    Thanks for your reply. I followed you about superseding a broken GRUB install, which is a great idea. I think you're saying that Easy rewrites the business end of GRUB, but uses the already-configured GRUB menu that the distro compiled? That's all good. The only obstacle I have left is...
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    Thank you, Pillars, I have no problem comprehending those Fedora instructions. My problem is in the extra step the DrakeInstaller took me through. It only gave me three choices, each one was a drive not a partition. That's why I thought it was going to write to sda's mbr. Yes, it was...
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    EasyBCD's interaction with Grub

    Hello again, I'm in the midst of installing PCLinux on an external DD as a second OS to Win7. I was impressed with the smoothness of PCLinux's DrakeInstaller, as I believe it was called. That is, until after I had installed the bootloader in the linux partition. The next screen recognized...