Saving Corrupt Dual Boot System

#1
Hi guys :smile:
I've dual-boot 32bit XP & 64bit Vista. Up until now, its been all good, using EasyBCD & iReboot (Both Awesome - Thanks for them :grinning: ). Last night I managed to screw up my Vista installation:lup: and now cannot boot into Vista. I've tried the startup repair tool and a couple of other bits, but no luck. Fortunately I can boot in XP still.

So my question is, as I can still use XP and see/modify the Vista files, is it possible to 'back them up' from in XP, re-install Vista and restore from the backup?? If so can you recommend a tool/program for backing up & restoring (free is nice :wink: )

Thanks Paulos
 
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JustinW

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#2
Theres too many tools to count. I don't personally use any of them really. Old fashioned copy/paste works just as well.
 
#3
Thanks for the reply.
So I can just Copy this files (every thing on the drive) to a seperate location, re-install Vista and then copy back?? Sounds too easy.....
Games and Utilities I've install would work too?? I was assuming they'd nedd re-installing too. Which given the huge ammount of stuff installed, this is what I am trying to avoid.
 

JustinW

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#4
You'll haft to re-install software, but you'll want to copy over your data files (your music, your work files, your office files, etc). Don't copy the whole drive.

No avoding software re-install. You're re-installing the OS.
 
#5
Thanks again dude :smile:
I was hoping for a complete backup, maybe a disc image or somthing........but if thats outta the question, then so be it.

If/when I re-install Vista, do I need to re-set/re-configure EasyBCD, or will it just carry on as before?
 
#6
If/when I re-install Vista, do I need to re-set/re-configure EasyBCD, or will it just carry on as before?
After reinstalling Vista, you should have a dual-boot with Vista & XP, though the XP entry might now be displayed as "Earlier Version of Windows"...
If so, then you can just rename the entry in EasyBCD, then you're good.
 

JustinW

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#7
EasyBCD is Windows software, so you would need to re-install it, should you have the need for it. Its not the bootloader, only an app that configures it.