Well, if you've *ever* booted into Vista on this machine, then you should have a BOOT folder on a partition, somewhere. Check all your drives?
EasyBCD was unable to locate it automatically, so it's asking you to do so. That in itself means there's something funky going on, because EasyBCD is usually quite good at finding the BCD file for itself.
You don't use EasyBCD to set up a dual-boot until Vista has been installed. Then it'll automatically locate the BCD file by itself.
So putting the tablet aside (this explains the BCD not found error you were getting after killing BootGrabber), if you killed BootGrabber on your other PC you'd have access to EasyBCD, except the XP dual-boot functionality won't work since BootGrabber was improperly terminated.
This is a new version of BootGrabber that will print more debug info when used with the /v flag.
Please run "bootgrabber.exe /v /tlist" on any machine where EasyBCD hangs and tell me what it shows. Does it still hang on a blank cursor or will it print one or more error messages repeatedly (in a stuck loop)?
Seems this is the problem....ID 10 T error.....what I find strange is that I have done this before and I don't remember fixing Vista partition - however, I don't doubt your word. This afternoon I'll try and let you know.
No, no.... I attached a file to my post above (post #27). That is the bootgrabber.exe that I need you to run from the command line with the "/v /tlist" arguments. And, yeah, please try it on the tablet.
Oggie, your post #23
Yes, if you've reinstalled XP on your dual-boot machine, it will have regressed the PBR to look for NTLDR instead of bootmgr, hence no sign of Vista, and no possibility of booting it from there.
First step would normally be EasyBCD > Boot loader setup > Install Vista/7 bootloader > write MBR, (if you could get EasyBCD to run), but otherwise you can boot the repair disk you downloaded (or the Vista DVD if someone's located it for you) and run "repair your computer" > "startup repair" three times and let MS fix it for you. Once in Vista, maybe EasyBCD will run without the problems you're seeing.
Ok, bootgrabber doesn't hang....it gives some information - I attached a screenshot for you to decipher...
For now I won't fix the Vista partition so bootgrabber.exe will keep giving the error in case you want to test something else.
Yes, NAS drives are on network (Network Attached Storage) - I fitted them so they are available to both my computers. Could be they were confusing BootGrabber. They never gave me problems but, as we know, it means nothing...