[Closed] Vista Recovery Disc is not x64-Compatible

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I was able to *ahem* obtain a copy of the Vista 64-bit install disc (not via HP Support, of course). Using its recovery options, I easily fixed my broken bootloader. I reconfigured EasyBCD to support my Linux install, ran the BitLocker Drive Preparation Tool again to configure my disk to use BitLocker, was able to successfully enable BitLocker, and it is currently encrypting my Vista partition.

Pretty nifty. Especially considering that this could have been done a month ago if not for HP's lousy support. I've been angrily blogging about my experience with them, and you can view that at [a blend of awesome and mediocre]: Support if you're so inclined.

Thanks to all who have assisted me in this endeavor. NeoSmart's support team is far better than any others I've ever dealt with, and it doesn't go unnoticed.
We are glad to be of service. :smile:

We are happy to hear it is all sorted out now. If you have any more issues please feel free to stop by and ask us. :wink:
^ seconded :grinning:

Glad you got it sorted it out, it's a real shame it took this long.

In SP1, the recovery disc program is still there, but doesn't work:

I'm thinking of making my own WinPE image and distributing it, but I'm checking into the legality of such a distribution before doing anything.
Hi justtech, welcome to NST.

PM me your email address and I'll send you a link to a custom recovery disc I'm working on for x64.
OK, the x64 CD has now passed all the tests I've performed.... Just making sure it works on other PCs too right now. Anyone interested in testing, please PM me with your email address.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 may solve your issues, I had a problem where putting in XP/Vista32/Vista64 I screwed up my bootloader and I basically (following those instructions on a x64 system) went in with any disk that can let you get to the command prompt (x86 or x64 and build of vista) and deleted the entire bootloader directory then recreated it, booted into Vista then just fine and used EasyBCD to add in my XP and Linix boot drives and away I went happy as a clam.

I also suggest getting the iReboot utility, it's quite nice and handy.


You know what I just figured I'd post it in here, save yah the hassel =P


You can use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment (Windows RE) to troubleshoot and repair the following items in Windows Vista:

•A master boot record (MBR)
•A boot sector
•A Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store

Note When you are troubleshooting startup issues by using the Windows RE, you should first try the Startup Repair option in the System Recovery Options dialog box. If the Startup Repair option does not resolve the issue, or if you must troubleshoot more steps manually, use the Bootrec.exe tool. Back to the top


To run the Bootrec.exe tool, you must start Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps:

1.Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer.
2.Press a key when you are prompted.
3.Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4.Click Repair your computer.
5.Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next.
6.In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7.Type Bootrec.exe, and then press ENTER.

Note To start the computer from the Windows Vista DVD, the computer must be configured to start from the DVD drive. For more information about how to configure the computer to start from the DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with the computer or contact the computer manufacturer. Back to the top

Bootrec.exe options

The Bootrec.exe tool supports the following options. Use the option that is appropriate for your situation.

Note If rebuilding the BCD does not resolve the startup issue, you can export and delete the BCD, and then run this option again. By doing this, you make sure that the BCD is completely rebuilt. To do this, type the following commands at the Windows RE command prompt:

•bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
•cd boot
•attrib bcd -s -h -r
•ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
•bootrec /RebuildBcd/FixMbr

The /FixMbr option writes a Windows Vista-compatible MBR to the system partition. This option does not overwrite the existing partition table. Use this option when you must resolve MBR corruption issues, or when you have to remove non-standard code from the MBR. /FixBoot

The /FixBoot option writes a new boot sector to the system partition by using a boot sector that is compatible with Windows Vista. Use this option if one of the following conditions is true:

•The boot sector has been replaced with a non-standard Windows Vista boot sector.
•The boot sector is damaged.
•An earlier Windows operating system has been installed after Windows Vista was installed. In this scenario, the computer starts by using Windows NT Loader (NTLDR) instead of Windows Boot Manager (Bootmgr.exe).


The /ScanOs option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option displays the entries that are currently not in the BCD store. Use this option when there are Windows Vista installations that the Boot Manager menu does not list.


The /RebuildBcd option scans all disks for installations that are compatible with Windows Vista. Additionally, this option lets you select the installations that you want to add to the BCD store. Use this option when you must completely rebuild the BCD.

Info copied from: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
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