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#1 Bobang

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:24 PM

Hi Folks,

I made a real bad bloomer: set the second primary drive as ACTIVE and installed windows 7 on it which did not install properly and can`t be repaired due to lack of space on it. Now, I can`t revert to my previous partition with a functioning Vista Business on it.

I managed to to create VistaPE but that shows the command prompt: [DR-DOS] A:\> but I don`t know how use those commands either.

Can you please help so that I can get back to my original installation?

Thanks

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 02:36 PM

So, now you cannot boot and have reached a recovery environment with a command prompt?

If so, I can give you the commands to reset the correct partition as active...just need to confirm that is what you see: a cmd command prompt.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:09 PM

That`s fine with me. Directory of A:\ showing 8 files and if you want me to name them, I`ll have to type them manually

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:34 PM

No, that isn't necessary.

Okay, here we go...what I put in bold is what you type into the command prompt.

diskpart

list volume

Find the volume that has Vista on it in the list and remember the volume # (0, 1, or 2, etc..).

select volume x (where x is the volume number you remembered from the last step)

active

exit

exit

Reboot and see what happens.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:51 PM

on entering diskpart and then enter, it returns "Command or filename not recognized"

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 03:56 PM

Hmm...that would mean that this is not an MS-DOS command prompt. How exactly are you booted? What type of recovery environment are you in?

Wait, you didn't actually type enter did you? I'm assuming you hit the Enter key on the keyboard...
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 04:10 PM

This how the screen looks like at the moment



size: 7670 KB (XMS)
/MLX Program is loaded into conventional and XMS memory using DPMS
/BL = 16 Lookahead buffer is in conventional memory, size is in KB
/LEND = ON Lend memory to other applications - 6646 available
/Delay = OFF Write delay is disabled, caching is write-through

Caldera DR-DOS 7.03
Copyright © 1976, 1998 Caldera, Inc. All rights reserved.

[DR-DOS] A:\>

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Edited by Bobang, 28 March 2010 - 04:19 PM.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 04:16 PM

No, did not type enter, but pressed the ENTER key!

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 04:17 PM

DR-DOS....how did you get to that?

Do you have a Vista System Repair disc or an installation DVD? I know nothing of this "DR-DOS".

You can also press F8 on boot to access the "Repair your computer" recovery tools....if you don't have a disc.
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Posted 28 March 2010 - 04:53 PM

I downloaded the VistaPE 2.0 this morning somewhere from the internet, can not name the exact site. The only options during start is F2 and F12 to access the start up sequence.

I am out of town and whatever came with Laptop is far away. On starting normally, the cursor simply blinks and using F8 does not cause any change.

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Posted 28 March 2010 - 05:08 PM

As soon as the BIOS screen flashes, start hitting F8. It should do the "Advanced Boot Options" and you can choose "Repair your computer". You may be pressing F8 too late. Try again.

What happens when you just let it boot by itself? What kind of error message do you get?

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:39 AM

Hi,

I'll try that again. There is no message, no erroror anything. I'm flying back tomorrow and will contact you from there as I better possibilities and access to troubleshooting software at home.

Thanks and will get back soon.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 10:41 AM

All right. I'll be waiting on your reply. :huh:
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Posted 01 April 2010 - 01:26 PM

Hello Keyboard Ninja,

Sorry for replying you late. The VistaPE that I had made was not correct. I came home and used a 3 year old BartPE that I had made for XP Professional which worked like a charm. it just took me less than 5 minutes to load it, fix it and reboot it. All's clear on the waterfront!

Just in case you someone has a similar problem, you can also use the BartPE for XP, but if you need to have the VistaPE it is a little more complicated where you have to "burn the image to disc" - the free download image of Windows Automated Installation Kit from Microsoft and then install it to the Program Files. Otherwise it won't work..

Here's a link to the WinBuilder site: http://www.vistape.net/vistape.php

Regards and thanks for your support. :huh:

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Posted 01 April 2010 - 01:32 PM

All right. Good to hear your problem is resolved. I can't say I contributed much to the solution of said problem, but "You're welcome", nonetheless. :huh:
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