Last year I had a dual boot of XP Pro and Vista Ultimate SP1. XP installed first. Each on their own 250 Gb HDD. I decided to go full time with Vista and erased XP, but in order to get Vista to boot I had to keep the boot file on the XP hdd. So now I have one OS (Vista) and a boot file on two seperate hard disks. As long as both HDD's were in my PC Vista boots fine, when I remove the second disk (old XP disk) the boot gets this: "File \windows\system32\winload.exe" and "The selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt." Status "0xc000000e." I would like to fix this.
So what I have tried: Running Vista automatic repair off Vista CD, it says it fixed startup options but nothing changes with boot.
I also tried to run command prompt "fixmbr and fixboot" and a couple other commands, again changing nothing.
I even went to \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe and tried to overwrite winload.exe in \windows\system32\ folder, but that didn't work because I needed Vista's 'special' permission to do it. Even in command prompt running with administrator permission. (
I have read many forums, including Bleeping Computer, and nothing has fixed this issue. Now I know that a clean install will solve this but I would like that to be my LAST option.
Thanks for any insight on this.