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    Running Windows 7 from a USB Drive

    Hello, I'm looking for advice. I have this HP notebook whose hard drive failed, and installing a new one is a real pain. I have to basically take the whole thing apart to get to the hard drive. (HP Sleekbook 15 - no optical drive). Is there a way to run the operating system from an external...
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    Is my laptop toast? Cannot boot from cd

    The thing is I cannot recover from the factory cds. First, when trying to recover from the factory cds that were burned by using the create factory cds function, system reported I couldn't use those exact cds (although they are the correct cds). I was wondering if a hardware change had caused...
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    Is my laptop toast? Cannot boot from cd

    Thank you for your reply, Ex_Brit I was able to recover an entire system after wiping the drive on an HP Desktop, so either your statement is not acurate or this is something new. I mean, really, what good are the discs if we can't use them to fully restore a system?? Yes I did. It did, I...
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    Is my laptop toast? Cannot boot from cd

    This laptop was working perfectly, and I had just sold it today so I cleaned the drive using KillDisk which I used on an HP Desktop a few weeks ago with no problems (The desktop's discs installed it to factory condition without a hitch). Now I am attempting to reinstall Vista using the recovery...
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    ok, so are you saying i'll have to use ubuntu to unhide vista everytime after logging into xp? cuz that's what i have to do now ... i'm getting the orig invalid ntldr booting c:windows msg, no vista hide n seek screen... just a hang.
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    Thank you for all your help, Terry :D Alright -- everything is up and running, xp is hiding vista and i am shutting down xp now (it's installing updates as I write this - always a scary thing). Do you think this issue should be mentioned in the hns section? "XP hangs during shutdown, causes...
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    I deleted the hns files, i'd like to start over with bcd and then run hns.
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    that makes sense because xp is the partition that was used when shutdown hung up. This morning I was trying to use bcdedit to recover the bootmgr but there were never any renamed files in the c root. Then I found them in the f partition... that's when i realized something was very wrong. Now...
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    here's what i've found using ubuntu partition editor. My vista partition (c) is hidden and my xp partition (f) is set as boot. How does one go about changing the hidden drive to the boot drive? I see you can set 'flags', but is there something else i need to change with the hns files that are...
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    ok, i got chkdsk running ---- upon running startup repair i get the same cannot repair this computer automatically msg again.. am i toast with this?
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    I don't see a recovery console option :( in the windows repair cd. Can I use ubuntu to run a disk check?
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    I renamed the files as you told me. Ran the vista repair cd (from this site) Repair told me it had to correct errors in vista, and i restarted Vista repair now startup repair is giving me the message: Starup Repair cannot repair this computer automatically Problem Event Name: StartupRepairV2...
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    nope, just one hard drive. Bios is set to cdrom then the laptop hard drive. I removed then reinserted the hard drive. I'm still getting the same msg.
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    can I just delete the hns files and revert back to vista's original boot manager? I don't know how this got all messed up, but no, I didn't reinstall xp, I really don't want to open up my laptop, and I honestly don't think the drive is the problem. Something changed my settings when I was IN the...
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    invalid ntdlr - booting c:windows hangs

    hi Terry, I don't get that far, all I get is a black screen telling me invalid ntldr etc... then it hangs... no vista hide n seek splash screen, nothing... I did try copying a fresh ntldr to the c root. that didn't change anything.