Trouble with BCDedit - bootloader rebuild

#1
Help! Have researched the forum and followed the Wiki "recovering the Vista Bootloader from DVD. Del Inspiron, Vista Business,
Step four Nuclear Holocaust.... MBR and Vista reference OK
Ren BCD.bak OK
Bcdedit.exe /create store c:\boot\bcd OK
Bcdedit.exe /create {bootmgr} /d "windows Boot Manager" FAIL
Message: "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. The volume for a file has been externally altered so that the opened file is no longer valid"

Question - is "d" correct when "C"is main boot?

I have tried all the options on the Dell DVD, restore etc etc
I have been transfering data via DOS to a mem stick to another PC.
I want my Outlook 2007 email PST file but can not find it in the user directory with dos.
Any help here as well would be appreciated.

Look forward to guidence.
I have downloaded easy BCD but can not boot into Vista so in a bind.

Thanks from Outback Australia
 

mqudsi

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#2
Try this:
Code:
bcdedit /createstore c:\boot\bcd.temp
bcdedit.exe /store c:\boot\bcd.temp /create {bootmgr} /d "Windows Boot Manager"
bcdedit.exe /import c:\boot\bcd.temp
<continue with the steps>
 
#3
Partial success.

Thanks for the help. I have been able to work right through the process.
On rebooting I get right through to a "glimpse" of safe mode screen and the pc reboots.
I have re run the Dell DVD to use "startup repair". After running through the process, details show "ok or 0x0 for all except for "root cause found: Unspecified changes to the system might have caused tthe problem" System restore failed error code 0x490
Repair action: system files integrity check and repair
Result: failed Error code =0x4005
Strange but shows a bit lower in the list : "Boot status indicates that the OS booted successfully"

During "system restore" it shows a data error (cyclic redundancy check)(0x80070017)

I hope some one can point me in the right direction.
Thanks
 

mqudsi

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#4
So did the steps in my post work, or did you use something else?

At the command line run this:
Code:
chkdsk /f c:
 
#5
BCD dos Scripting worked

Yes, the workaround has been successfull. Where should I look now, to ssee what is stopping the final bootup?
Gibbonz52
 

mqudsi

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#7
Thanks
Yes CHKDSK /F completed, no file issues only error 4kb bad sectors.
PC starts booting HDD light works, MS bar with greenish moving colour, then when should get Vista screen, it loops back to reboot.
With Del boot/recovery disk, choosing Startup repair, the report is as follows:
Problem Signature:
01 : External Media
02: 6.0.6000.16836.6.0.6000.16836
03 : 6
04: 786442
05: NoBootFailure
06: No BootFailure
07 : 0
08: 2
09: WrpRepair
10: 16839
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mqudsi

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#8
Do you have any removable drives attached to the PC?
 
#9
No drives but?

That has concerned me too. I have been transfering with dos files to a mem stick, but it is never in when I have booted with the DVD. A week before the bootloader failed, I attempted to load Canon digital camera software. It was not Vista compatable. I searched the Canon web and downloaded and installed there fixs. I was not able to get the usb cable to identify the canon camera (4 year old). That is the only hint I have.
Thanks.
 

mqudsi

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#10
It's very likely that the USB mass storage device drivers for the Canon camera ended up knocking a screw or two loose in your Vista install.

Now that you're run chkdsk, can you use System Restore?
 
#11
Nothing works

I am at the end of my options . Rebuild next.
Restore will not work
Earlier save point will not work
I feel that to buy XP an load is my best long term option.
So many posts by users of Vista, who have had enough.
Thanks
 
#12
Thanks
Yes CHKDSK /F completed, no file issues only error 4kb bad sectors.
PC starts booting HDD light works, MS bar with greenish moving colour, then when should get Vista screen, it loops back to reboot.
With Del boot/recovery disk, choosing Startup repair, the report is as follows:
Problem Signature:
01 : External Media
02: 6.0.6000.16836.6.0.6000.16836
03 : 6
04: 786442
05: NoBootFailure
06: No BootFailure
07 : 0
08: 2
09: WrpRepair
10: 16839
1016839
Hey I'm having this same problem on my Dell Inspiron 1501

I even have 4kb of bad sectors

And it just went out of warranty last week......
 
#13
Hey I'm having this same problem on my Dell Inspiron 1501

I even have 4kb of bad sectors

And it just went out of warranty last week......
Found this topic when searching...

I want to install Win7sp1 with a bootable USB flash but setup failed with the following errors:

bcdinfo.txt:
Code:
The boot configuration data store could not be opened. 
The volume for a file has been externally altered so that the opened file is no longer valid.
disklayout.txt:
Code:
Microsoft DiskPart version 6.1.7601 
Copyright (C) 1999-2008 Microsoft Corporation. 
On computer: MINWINPC 
 
DiskPart has encountered an error: The RPC server is unavailable. 
See the System Event Log for more information.
SrtTrail.txt:
Code:
Startup Repair diagnosis and repair log 
--------------------------- 
Number of repair attempts: 1 
 
Session details 
--------------------------- 
System Disk = \Device\Harddisk0 
Windows directory =  
AutoChk Run = 0 
Number of root causes = 1 
 
Test Performed:  
--------------------------- 
Name: Check for updates 
Result: Completed successfully. Error code =  0x0 
Time taken = 16 ms 
 
Test Performed:  
--------------------------- 
Name: Target OS test 
Result: Completed successfully. Error code =  0x0 
Time taken = 375 ms 
 
Root cause found:  
--------------------------- 
No OS files found on disk. 
 
Repair action: Partition table repair 
Result: Failed. Error code =  0x6ba 
Time taken = 445711 ms 
 
--------------------------- 
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What should I do?
 
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mqudsi

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#14
Don't dual-post.