BCDEdit.exe Not Working

Richard837

New Member
Hi, Im new to the Forums, and have had a search around but cannot find any problems which are exactly the same as mine.

I have an Acer Laptop pre-installed with Windows Vista Home Premium, I also have a 2GB CF Card and a PCMCIA - CF Adapter to which I thought i could just insert and install Windows XP PRO.

But Iam now getting the following message:

Windows could not start because of a computer disk hardware configuration problem.
Could not read from from the selected Boot Disk etc, etc

I have a copy of my Vista DVD, which I have tried to use the Startup recovery option (Several times over)
I have also followed other posts and delved into the BCDEdit.exe command

But i dont know what to change:

Typing bcdedit.exe gives this:

Windows Boot Manager
----------------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition =C:
default {default}
displayorder {default}
bootsequence {memdiag}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
--------------------------
identifier {default}
device boot
path \windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
osdevice boot
systemroot \Windows


Typing bcdedit.exe /v gives me this:

Windows Boot Manager
-----------------------------
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
default {465aab14-e045-11dc-bca8-c44f784e5a43}
dispalyorder {465aab14-e045-11dc-bca8-c44f784e5a43}
boot sequence {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
--------------------------
identifier {465aab14-e045-11dc-bca8-c44f784e5a43}
device boot
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium
osdevice boot
systemroot \Windows

What I dont know is what should be there, what is the 'Standard' Vista BCD supposed to look like?

I Have tried bcdedit.exe /fixmbr, bcdedit.exe /fixboot, bcdedit.exe /rebuildbcd to no avail.

(Just to avoid confusion, i have carried out all System Recovery wizards with and without the CF Card inserted and I cannot log into XP either.

Thanks for reading, Hope you can Help

Best regards
Richard837
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
Hi Richard, welcome to NST.

That is the "standard" Vista configuration, though it seems that Vista no longer knows which drive is which.

Two possibilities:
1) The Vista bootloader cannot be located
2) The Vista entry cannot be located

Try to fix 2) first:
Code:
bcdedit.exe /set {465aab14-e045-11dc-bca8-c44f784e5a43} osdevice partition=c:
bcdedit.exe /set {465aab14-e045-11dc-bca8-c44f784e5a43} device partition=c:
Does that fix it?
 

General_X

New Member
Vista boot PCMCIA

hi,

i was just wondering if vista boot loader preloads pcmcia drivers, for example for complete installation of vista on cf ? only the boot manager should be left on C:\

is this possible, although bios does not support boot from pcmcia ?

thanks for your answer :smile:
 

Mak 2.0

Mod...WAFFLES!?!?
Staff member
The drivers are not preloaded for any OS. They are not loaded till after the Selection is made and the OS starts to fully boot.
 
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