HELP!! Can't boot into Vista anymore!!

#1
I had my XP installed first and vista latter install in a same HDD.
I tried to install EasyECD just because I want to hide my vista partition from xp in order to got my system restore points back. Ifollowed all the instructions form the blog
http://neosmart.net/blog/2007/hide-vista-partition-from-xp/ and copy all the exact text into the notepad for NeoGrub. Then I reboot the PC and can't boot into vista anymore!! I can just boot into XP now!Whenever vista tried to boot up, it reboot automatically!!! What can i do? please help me!!
 

mqudsi

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#2
Hi rikiando, welcome to NST.

You need to uncomment the section that unhides the Vista drive.
 

mqudsi

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#4
No, you just need to open the configuration file and remove the `#` from in front of those lines.
 
#5
thanks for your prompt reply! but i am a rookie for this, please show me the details for tracing the configuration file. Thank you so much Computer Guru!
 

mqudsi

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#6
Open c:\NST\menu.lst in notepad and make your changes to there.
 
#7
but there are many `#` there, please tell me which `#` or lines to be deleted. thanks!

Addendum:

here is my notepad content
# NeoSmart NeoGrub Bootloader Configuration File
#
# This is the NeoGrub menu.lst file, and should be located at C:\\menu.lst
# Please see the EasyBCD Documentation for information on how to create/modify entries
# http://neosmart.net/wiki/display/EBCD
default 0
timeout 0
title Boot XP - Hide Vista
hide (hd0,1) # SET THIS TO THE VISTA DRIVE
# Optionally repeat the above entry for all the Vista drives
chainloader (hd0,0)/ntldr # SET THIS TO THE BOOT PARTITION
boot
# Optional section
# If you include this section, you will see a second bootloader menu!
title Boot XP - Unhide Vista
unhide (hd0,1) # SET THIS TO THE VISTA DRIVE
# Optionally repeat the above entry for all the Vista drives
chainloader (hd0,0)/ntldr # SET THIS TO THE BOOT PARTITION
boot
 
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mqudsi

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#8
OK, that is correct.
When you reboot, you need to choose "Boot XP - Unhide Vista"
 

mqudsi

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#10
When you choose the Windows XP entry you created in the guide.
 
#11
but NOW I cannot boot into XP either!! when i choose NeoGrub (where XP boot located), it showed a DOS prompt and said the lst list cannot be found!!
then grub> which I do not know what to do now, is my XP and vista gone? I dont want to re-install all the OS!!! please help me......

Addendum:

do i need to use any boot disc as I cannot find the c:/ drive, thank you for your patience! Mr. Computer Guru!
 
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mqudsi

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#12
At the grub> prompt, type in the appropriate unhide commands.

For instance, to unhide drive 0 partition 0, when you see the grub> bit type this in:
Code:
unhide (hd0,0)
You may need to do that for both the Vista and XP drives.
 

mqudsi

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#14
You're welcome - great to hear it worked out :smile:

We're working on a one-click app to automate this entire process safely - though we've run into some serious technical limitations of the Windows XP bootloader we plan on releasing it sooner or later - you'll probably want to wait for that.
 
#15
I think I am too new for this NeoGrub!! I need to backup all the important stuffs before I try this again. I almost got heart attack yesterday as I think I've lost everything in my PC:x. Waiting for your newer and safer version. Thanks!:lol: