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"Missing OS"???

Discussion in 'Windows - General discussion' started by fanatic71, Sep 2, 2008.

  1. fanatic71

    fanatic71 Member

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    I had Vista 2 times installed on my HDD, I wanted to overwrite Ubuntu on one of them. Somehow it did not work out! Now my computer does not detect any OS. I had to reinstall Vista the third time to make the comp.work! Now I can see the other Vista on the other partition. It is not demaged, I tried system restor, won't work! So how can I make my comp. boot from the older vista?? Any idea is wellkomed!

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    hmm. been tinkering a bit too much methinks, i've had days like this too...

    basically you cheesed your bootloader. the bootloader sits outside the partitions at the start of the drive and tells it where to find operating system.

    when you installed Ubuntu it overwrote the vista bootloader with the ubuntu bootloader, by reinstalling vista you overwrote the ubuntu one - but it only sees the new vista install. you need to fix the vista bootloader to tell it to look at the old vista install.

    you can use the BCDEDIT.EXE tool in vista to do this, but you may find by googling a better GUI tool for this....
     
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    Pop in the Vista disc and do the auto repair TWICE. It'll boot up fine.
     
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    Thanks 4 help!

    It's all sorted.....I hope
     
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    core2kid Regular member

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    What did you do?
     
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    Yea, Easy BCD is good. I completely forgot about that too, I've used it so long ago on a friends computer.
     

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