Attempt to set BCD to correct partition

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Talk' started by General Mailbox, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. Greetings.
    I have a new HP laptop with OEM Vista Home Premium.
    I would like to run two sets of the OS on the same HDD. One to use in daily
    activities and the other to dabble in. It's easier to do this than to hope
    to recover from a messed up system.
    I used a partitioning program (Parted Magic) to resize the C partition. Then
    I used the copy partition feature to the unallocated space, now known as F
    partition. Changing the flags to make C hidden and F the boot partition
    renders an error "autocheck program not found - skipping AUTOCHECK". This
    is the same error I've had on my WinXP OS and was repairable by editing the
    boot.ini file to point to the correct partition where the duplicate OS was.
    Opening the Command Prompt window, I've entered bcdedit /enum and the
    response was "The boot configuration data store could not be opened. Access
    is denied." I changed my prompt location to the directory where it's
    suppose to reside to c:\windows\system32\ with the same result. I am
    assuming that this is where I need to go in order to point the bootloader to
    the correct partition. I do not wish to make a dual boot configuration as
    it's unknown by me if anything is shared (common files and/or registery)
    between them, or have any further configuration issues when I simply delete
    the extra partition. I would like to continue to change the active(boot)
    partition manually using 3rd party software.
    Any help or advise on how to accomplish accessing and setting the BCD, or
    any other method to obtain the same result, would be greatly appreciated.
    General Mailbox, Nov 4, 2007
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    Don Leonard Guest

    I think you can do that by running "msconfig" in the boot tab
    Don Leonard, Nov 4, 2007
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    forty-nine Guest

    You need to open command prompt as administrator.
    Start Orb_type cmd_Right click run as administrator
    forty-nine, Nov 4, 2007

  4. You can use Bootitng to do this. In my case the 2nd copy was made by
    cloning the first copy but I did have to show it the Vista DVD to get it to
    start the first time. Windows update runs in both copies. You can
    download a trial copy from:
    Michael Chare, Nov 18, 2007
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