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Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Ole, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Ole

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Bruce,

    Have you tried a chkdsk /r from the prompt?
     
    Rick Rogers, Mar 25, 2008
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  2. Ole

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Rick Rogers, Mar 25, 2008
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  3. Ole

    Bob Guest

    Bruce,
    I hear you. Unfortunately it seems your only options are to purchase a new
    copy or restore your PC to factory condition and wipe out your files and
    installed programs. Hopefully you have backed up your files to an external
    source.
    Good luck.

     
    Bob, Mar 26, 2008
    #23
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    Bruce Guest

    Rick,
    The steps in kb/919529 do not work. I get a message that Bootsect.exe is not
    recognized as an executable or batch file error message.
    chkdsk /r does not work. I get an error message that the disk can not be
    locked and the disk is protected.
    I guess you would have to be able to get to the command prompt from within
    the Vista installation for these to work. From the boot disk they certainly
    do not for me.
    I really appreciate your continued help. If nothing else I am learning all
    kinds of neat stuff that doesn't work LOL.
    I have ordered a new copy of Vista Home Premium and now I suppose I will
    need to figure out how to install over the old version and retain my
    installed programs and their registration in the registry so I can use them.
    I do have a current backup but the program I used, Acronis, doesn't work if
    you can't get to the hard drive through Windows and the Boot Disk I made with
    it will only allow me to permanently erase a HD not reach the backup
    software. So much for backups - will be looking for a better backup solution
    also.
    Any further suggestions or information on re-installing using a new copy and
    new key would be most appreciated.
    Bruce
     
    Bruce, Mar 26, 2008
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  5. Ole

    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Bruce,

    Actually, once you have a Vista disk to boot from, you should be able to run
    the bootsec repairs in that article as you will be logged into that
    installation after booting and loading the recovery console.

    If all else fails, just install without formatting. The old installation
    will be moved to a windows.old folder so that you can retrieve any data.
    Programs would need to be reinstalled.
     
    Rick Rogers, Mar 26, 2008
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    Bruce Guest

    Rick,
    Thank you for your time and assistance. I will let you know how it goes once
    the new copy of Vista arrives. Got to love how MS increases sales ;>)
    Bruce
     
    Bruce, Mar 27, 2008
    #26
  7. Ole

    Rick Rogers Guest

    I'd of just borrowed a friends disk and made a copy. Nothing illegal about
    that.
     
    Rick Rogers, Mar 27, 2008
    #27
  8. Ole

    Bruce Guest

    Rick,
    Since I last posted Acronis the people who make my backup software responded
    to my request for assistance with an ISO file that I burned to disk and used
    to boot and run their MBR creating program. After that when my Vista disk
    arrived I booted with that. It said I needed to have something fixed, fixed
    it, and now I am back up and running as if nothing happened. So I have an
    unused new copy of Vista just to make me feel warm and fuzzy. The only things
    I had to do to completely restore the machine to exactly how it was is to
    have Vista re-establish the Network connection and realize that my old disk
    J: has been renamed to disk F:
    Again thanks for all your assistance and help. It seems that all I needed
    was a MBR creation program that actually could re-create a completely new MBR
    file.
    Best regards,
    Bruce
     
    Bruce, Mar 29, 2008
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