Vista/XP Dual boot problem

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I successfully installed Vista Ultimate and XP in a dual boot config. and it worked for quite a while. I started having problem with Vista not wanting to load and I would run the Vista DVD install/fix and using the boot fix, it would work again but now it tells me I can't fix the problem and it won't recognize any restore points that I have made. The Microsoft Diagnostic tells me that a patch is preventing Vista from booting. One of my students told me the Prof about FreeBCD and I just need to ask...can it help me and if so how. I downloaded the info about BCD and Boot INI and the problems that can be caused and tried to rebuild it via instructions from Knowledge base but it still won't boot. I really need my Vista back and if it means dumping the XP install I will. Anything you can suggest is greatly appreciated.
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
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Hi Fred, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies.

EasyBCD (I think that's what you were referring to?) is used for modifying and using the Vista bootloader - it only pertains to getting Windows Vista to be located and loaded by the MBR/BCD.

If your problem is with Vista not be found, then EasyBCD is what you need. Else if your problem is with a corrupt/broken Vista install, it won't do the trick.

Most unfortunately, Microsoft has disabled the option to repair install Windows Vista, and as such, if it's totally broken and no repair/restore points exist that can fix that functionality, you're only option is to perform a clean install of Windows Vista.
 
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thanks for the info

I think its mor the former than the latter as it worked before but from what I have read on MS's web site is I have a conflict between boot.ini and bcd. I think I will give EasyBCD (you are right that is what I meant) and the worst that can happen is nothing. If I can't get Vista to boot, can I install EasyBCD to load in the XP part of the dual boot and fix the problem? Any guidance given is greatly appreciated.:smile:
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
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