Recovering Vista after XP reinstall?

#1
Hello,

I had an XP/Vista dualbooting system. It worked fine. So, the C: had boot folder and Vista BCD.
However, I had to reinstall XP at one point. SO I wiped out the partition during install, re-created it and installed XP. Which also means that the MBR was overwritten, and the c:\boot that existed earlier was wiped out as well.
Now, I followed some tutorials from this website to recover Vista, but it doesn't work, namely, bootsect.exe doesn't exist in vista recovery CD. SO the next steps are moot.

I can't find any meaningful Microsoft documentation on how to recover Vista either (surprise, surprise!!).
Is it possible to rebuild BCD?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Bootsect.exe is in the \boot folder of the CD drive.

So after you open a command prompt, switch to the CD drive (D:, most likely) and cd into the "boot" folder to execute the bootsect command.

Let me know if that works....
 
#3
Thanks for the reply.
I tried Vista boot CD a few times, and when it rebooted, it finally managed to restore vista bcd. :smile:. I can now log into both.
But thank to EasyBCD, I was able to add XP also to the menu, else I am sure I wouldn't have been able to boot into XP. Thanks EasyBCD.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
On behalf of EasyBCD: You're welcome :smile:

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