Thanks Saph, that's basically the same as I had, but the fact that you can do it over and over without anything more than the inconvenience, would seem to suggest that the additional problems I had with badly formatted disks, corrupted data and the need to do a 6 hour chkdsk were coincidental.
I have a suspicion that Vista was kindly doing one of its silent unseen defrags as I ran build 45, and something got screwed up. (When I looked through incident logs after repairing the system, the last reported error was in defrag, though I don't know absolutely that the two were connected)
CG - glad to know that you are finally seeing the wood through the trees (if you understand the backward metaphor)
CG - neither of those worked. It sounds like you're on the right track, I know you'll hit it!
Terry - yeah, when I saw the chkdsk, i wondered if you had to do that everytime! I've gone through my own bouts with that - I had alot of trouble when I first got my computer, had to use that more than once. I finally got sick of it and reloaded the OS and put all the software back one by one and now little to no trouble except when I sometimes use a new program that still has bugs with Vista.
OK - i found it - it is in the folder marked DATA, which also contains NTLDR and NTDETECT. But on the later builds GRLDR is its own file, with another one inside the DATA folder. Could that be it cuz there's two of them in the later builds?
sorry about that! If one of these GRLDR's works I'm gonna feel bad about you pulling your hair out trying to come up with GRLDR after GRLDR! The thing is when I installed the new build, I saw right away that there was an addition of the GRLDR by itself, so I assumed that that was the one that would be the problem.
Now just a quick question - should I delete the extra GRLDR or doesn't matter when I'm trying the other GRLDRs in the DATA folder?
OK, I tried post #55 GRLDR. This worked as far as getting rid of the Cmain issue. However, I could not boot into either system as the command [find --unhide /Vista.C.HnS] could not be done. Received error 15, file could not be found. The file is there, in the boot drive. Then I tried to go into XP instead, received same error (except was for hide the XP HnS file in G). This file is also there. Had to use Vista disk to recover.
ok, here's the files while I am doing the other things.
Regarding the bootmgr, I am making sure not to use the GRLDR from the old build. I have them set up in 2 different places so I won't make that error. When I uninstall HnS to test a different build, I uninstall and then check all the HnS files are gone, the boot.ini is back and the bootmgr (especially) is back to 386 KB, since this is the vista boot. I'll doublecheck the bootmgr specifics (as you gave them) after reinstalling/replacing, etc the GRLDR.
OK, after all I said about being careful not to use the old build of HnS - well, I was not obviously as careful with the GRLDR! I doublechecked the file and somehow I had replaced it with the OLD one. Cripes. So I carefully marked each step as I did it.
1. Re-downloaded GRLDR from post 55.
2. Verified that it was the one from post 55.
3. Opened the DATA folder of build 47.
4. Deleted GRLDR.
5. Moved GRLDR from post 55 tp DATA folder.
6. Verified it was the same one.
7. Ran HnS.
8. Verified that bootmgr was now exactly what you said in your post - 188168 BYTES long and was modified on June 20, 2008 at HH:29:20 (i'm hoping that HH is really 4, as all the rest is correct) On drives C and G.
9. Copied boot.ini from G to C.
11. got Cmain...
So the disappearance of Cmain was due, as you said, to me having used the old build GRLDR.
Here are the menu list and log from that, as the one I sent is from the use of the OLD GRLDR.
Should I now do the exact same thing with each succeeding GRLDR that you posted?
OK CG, I'm back on track. Here is an update before I go onto GRLDR from post #59.
HnS build 47. GRLDR from post #55. Returns Cmain error. Confirmed. I ran it twice, verifying all files as I went.
HnS build 47. GRLDR from post #57. Returns error 15. Cannot find Vista.C.HNS. Ran "c". Command [find /bootmgr] returned (hd0,2) (hd0,3). Command [find XP.G.HNS] returned (hd0,3). Confirmed. Ran it twice, verifying all files.
Now going to post #59.
HnS build 47. GRLDR from post #59. Returns Cmain error. Confirmed and run twice.