Thanks in advance for the help.
I was attempting to install a copy of Win 8 pro as a dual boot vhd with Win 7. I'm currently in school and have done this in class as well as having detailed instructions laid out by my professor. Everything was find creating the VHD and mounting it and adding it to the boot menu. Then it was time to reboot.
This is where my problem comes in. When I rebooted, I got a promp asking me if I wanted Win 8 or 7. I think it was asking me for a default which I wasnt expecting right out of the box and I honestly don't remember. I picked Win 8. That wouldn't have been an issue if it werent for the error I got when trying to install Win 8. VHD_BOOT_INitalization_failed. It keeps looping and I don't get the boot menu prompt anymore.
After failing and rebooting, it goes into Win8 version of a recovery counsol (I think), but nothing works b/c It hadn't installed anything yet; i.e. no system restore b/c they're no restore points made.
I dug out my recovery discs and booted into the HP Recovery Manager. In the first column: option 1 is grayed out (Microsoft system restore), System recovery, factory reset, minimized image recovery. Column 2 Run computer checkup. I click this and "Open a command prompt" is my only choice.
This takes me to x:\windows\rm>
I go into diskpart ->List disk
Disk # Status Size Free Dyn Gpt
Disk 0 Foreign 298gb 0B *
Volume # Ltr Label Fs Type Size Status Info
Volume 0 D Recovery13 UDF DVD-rom 4296MB Healthy
Select Disk 0 -> List Partition
Partition ## Type Size Offset
Partition 1 Dynamic Data 992KB 31KB
Partition 2 Dynamic Data 199MB 1024 KB
Partition 3 Dynamic Data 284GB 200MB
Partition 4 Dynamic Data 13GB 284GB
I hope I've given you enough information. I'm also hoping I won't loose any data, this semester is stressful enough lol.
I thank you one again for any assistance you can give me.