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Vista Boot issue BOOTCFG

Discussion in 'Software' started by Raffaz, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Alreet,

    Got a problem with one of my friends laptops, they brough it round as they were getting a BOOTCFG is missing error.
    Ive done a repair with vista disc and now it boots to a recovery partition on the laptop,there appears to be a c: and x: partition on the drive, so im guessing its set to boot to x: instead of c: how do i go about changing this so it will boot to the vista partition.
    Ive only ever done this sort of thing on XP so im lost with vista lol :)

    Cheers

    Mick
     
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  2. Sparky
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    Do you have a Vista disk to hand mate?

    If so boot from the DVD and goto the recovery console. Run bootcfg /rebuild (Ive only done this on XP but it should work on Vista) and then it should scan for Windows installs. If it picks it up you may have to name the install and then reboot.

    Edit: sack that, forgot there is no recovery console in Vista. Boot from the DVD and select 'Repair your Computer'
     
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  3. Raffaz

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    That was my plan mate, unfortunately vista doesnt have a recovery console and bootcfg isnt recognised.
    I think there is a different command called bootrec or something but never used it before. :)
     
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    Further update:

    Ive ran
    bootreg /fixboot
    bootreg /fixmbr
    bootreg /scanos - unable to see windows installation
    bootreg /rebuildbcd - unable to see windows installation

    I know that windows is there as i can browse the directories, any ideas?
     
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  5. ThomasMc

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    Don't you just boot from the DVD and select 'Repair your Computer' and then goto 'startup repair'


    I found this on the googletron

    Code:
    Method 1:
    
    1. Boot from your windows vista DVD.
    
    2. Click the options which says Repair your computer.
    
    3. Select the Operation system and click next. 
    
    4. In System recovery options, click Start up repair. Let the repair finish.
    
    5. Restart your computer
    
    Method 2:
    
    1. Boot from your windows vista DVD.
    
    2. Click the options which says Repair your computer.
    
    3. Select the operation system and click next.
    
    4. In System recovery options, click command prompt.
    
    5. Now type Bootrec /RebuildBcd, and then press ENTER.
    
    6. Restart your computer after it finishes.
    
    Emergency Tip: If the Bootrec.exe tool cannot locate any missing Windows installations in step 5.
    
    Type the following commands in the order from top to bottom.
    
    1. Bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup and press enter
    
    2. ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old and press enter
    
    3. Bootrec /rebuildbcd and press enter
    
    
     
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    Already done a repair mate, no luck. Since doing that i can only boot to recovery partition on the laptop, also can only see the 5gb recovery partition in repair list, theres no mention of the other 95gb partition.
    Ive already done the above steps aswell with no luck

    Ive ran diskpart and the vista partition wasnt active, ive made this one active now but still cant see it. Ive also noticed that it isnt showing as a system partition in diskpart, so this could be causing issues.
     
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    What about the 'Emergency Tip'
     
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    Have you tried "chkdsk / r /f /p" respectively yet?
     
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    None of the above works fellas, if it did then i wouldnt be bothering you guys :) Any other ideas? Basically the large partition is missing altogether even though i can see it in DOS, any ideas????
     
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    I hate to sound pesimistic but I would try to reinstall Vista.
     
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  12. Raffaz

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    Its my mates laptop with holiday photos and stuff on so im trying to save it if i can, reinstall will be last option.
     
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    That only applies to XP mate, vista uses BOOTREC command, and ive tried this with no luck.:(
     
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    Have you tried bootrec /scanos ? If so does it pick up the original Vista install?
     
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    Already tried it mate, it picks up no windows installations even though i can goto the windows partition and view all the windows files.
    Also DISKPART shows the partition and its now set to active, but its not showing as a system volume, could this be the problem? Any idea how to fix that?
     
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    Yeah, it might be an issue with the whole partition and this is why the Windows install cant be picked up.

    Is it possible to get the data off the laptop just incase there are further problems?

    If the data has been backed up try and install Vista from scratch on the partition that has the Windows install that you are trying to recover. I think you should get a message saying "Windows is already installed on this partition and this is not a recommended config blah blah" If you dont get that message then it looks like the Windows install is in bad shape!
     
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    I did not know this, I don't use vista but assumed it would be the same.
     
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    Hi,

    By any chance is this a toshiba laptop, If this is the case, it has it's own recovery partition on the hdd, which is shown as the active partition when you look in diskpart, and it boot from that first then into vista, so that might be why the vista partition isn't showing as active only a thought, I had something similar not so long ago and unfortually for me the only way round it was to use imagex to take a image of the disk re-image the disk from the original cd then mount the image i had taken and copy the data back that way so that might be another opition for you.
     
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    Hi Mick

    Did you manage to sort this out? If so, what did you have to do to resolve it?

    Cheers

    John
     
  20. Raffaz

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    No mate not a toshiba, but as mentioned in a previous post i have already used DISKPART and made the vista partition active as recovery partition was the active one. Still no luck after doing this though.
     
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