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    Vista in-place repair

    Thanks - yes I remember the chaos when I was trying to fix a previous problem, and had a dual boot issue... Thankfully all successfully resolved. I have looked at the wiki - I will follow the "System Restore" process... Well I've done that and we are in a hell of a mess. Sytem Restore hasn't...
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    Vista in-place repair

    Hi did that about 3 weeks ago..... This is not a high level problem. I have re-installed drivers, edited registry, followed every suggestion relating to the audio drivers (believe me there are heaps of problems in this area alone) until I realised it wasn't anything to do with the audio...
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    Vista in-place repair

    Hi Guys - I'm back... I need some direction on how to do an in-place repair (some say upgrade) on a Toshiba Satellite Pro with Vista Home Basic. I have the Vista Boot Recovery ISO (dated 5/2008) and can remember small portions of the procedure but cannot find the tutorial link. I believe I...
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    VMWare, MS Virtual PC or Dual Boot

    Anyone had experience with VMWare or MS Virtual PC 2004 or 2007? I have taken a number of users' computers with Vista on them, and created a dual boot with XP. By moving partitions around (more space for XP) and then finding all the XP drivers, installing XP, XP updates, XP drivers, virus...
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    My son format all disks

    If you are a competent computer user, you could also try Google and search for "unformat"..... There are a number fo ways to get your data back depending on how much of it has subsequently been over-written.
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    Restoring Vista using wrong Recovery Disk

    The problem is all the "My..." folders have been crunched - that is they have 0 bytes in them as the folder name has been overwritten. The underlying data is there and has been recovered under found.000 into dir0000.chk through to dir0062.chk - only a matter of sorting out which belongs where...
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    Restoring Vista using wrong Recovery Disk

    Well you are right about this. It is a mess! I have been able to Image the drive and the data is all there. The Op Sys won't boot and part of the directory system has been re-written (eg My Documents) but a lot of the original and recent data is okay. What I need to be able to do is recover...
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    Restoring Vista using wrong Recovery Disk

    I know this one's waiting for me tomorrow morning so I thought I'd get a bit of a head start... I had just fixed a friends notebook (Acer 54??) which had a corrupted NTOSKRNL. I ran the (downloaded from this site) Recovery Disk and booted from CD. I went into Repair a couple of times and...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Success You're not going to believe where I am making this post from? Got XP back!!!! I followed the last thread. There are some problems there - the Vista Recovery disk (ISO I loaded down from this site, when I didn't need to because I had the HP Vista Recovery DVDs) does not have...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    So Terry is it going to be better to manually replace the files on the D:\ (XP) drive or to use either Vista Restore to re-build the (D:\) XP boot, or use the XP Recovery Console in which case I'll have to do more than just FixMBR, FixBoot and rebuild the BootCFG files as there are probably...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Thanks Jat.. Happy with what you have suggested up to point 6 (Bootcfg /rebuild). I've tried this before - it looks around on the drives for Windows installations (presumably others as well) - but it only found the one listed on Boot.ini (I think). Boot.ini was pointing to the F:\drive. I...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    I think I am beginning to see the problem.... Partitions are okay and boot is pointing at correct drive. When I examined the files on XP drive I noticed a few vital ones were missing like IO.SYS and MSDOS.SYS, and then when I looked further there were others like Boot.ini and NTLDR, NTDETECT and...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    I seem to be making some progress with TestDisk adjusting the Boot Partition to the XP drive. Went into XP Recovery Console and the order of the C:\Windows, D:\Windows and F:\Windows were different. When I looked at the "map" the partitions for Vista and XP were in a different order and had...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Tried that about 20 times - says it has completed it (I use fixmbr [device name] to make sure it is going to the correct drive) after severe warnings..... Also fixboot d:\ to make certain that that is going to correct place. I have just re-imaged the (output) disk drive (disk sector copy using...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Do you mean the System Backup DVDs created as a backup for Vista? If so they have a Restore point for Vista way back a year ago. You will note Terry's comments that when XP is being booted it clobbers Vista restore points on all drives. I don't want to run any recovery software that re-sets...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Before disk problem I was able to move between XP and Vista easily, using EasyBCD, from menu. At the time of the disk bad sector problem it was trying to boot into XP as usual. I recovered all the data from the original (failing drive) and copied it by sector onto a new (same type, same size...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Terry what I mean by 'flick over to Vista' is being in XP PRO, running EasyBCD and altering the boot to go to Vista. Once I did that it wouldn't boot in Vista, and then I couldn't run EasyBCD (from Vista) but neither could I get back to XP Pro. I could not find any other way to run EasyBCD...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Alex - don't think I have upgraded to XP SP3 - thanks. Jat I will try to get Vista going once I have a foolproof way of getting back to XP. So far I can't even do that. I can't run EasyBCD from Vista because Vista won't load. Can't run EasyBCD from another operating system boot (whether off...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Thanks Terry - I didn't know about the recording of Restore Points on all drives - now I see the relevance of HnS and the hiding of the folders. Just a comment on that, wouldn't it be possible to make a backup of those folders (just like having backup FATs and partition table backup sectors) so...
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    Dual boot XP Pro & Vista

    Thanks for those comments Terry - Vista boots on C:\ and XP Pro on D:\. I thought they put their restore points on their respective drives, is that not right? There don't appear to be any Vista restore points on the hard drive (C:\ ?) at all (I think only on the DVD of the system at the point...
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