Put a Vista drive with corrupt bcd into my XP machine


Hello. A friend of mine is suffering from the error message;

"Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change might be the cause.

File: \Boot\BCD
Status 0xc000000f

An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data."

I tried installing a copy of XP on the machine, so I could dual boot and run EasyBCD and repair the boot manager. The install keeps blue screening on me, so I thought I would just put the sata laptop drive in my desktop machine, let it boot up in a slave configuration, and then run EasyBCD against it. I'm guessing this is not a supported config, since I keep getting the error 'Valid BCD Registry net detected'.

I don't have the Vista disk either. Is there any other way I can do this from my XP installation?