Thread: Windows Vista boot problems
April 2nd, 2012, 07:34 PM #1
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Windows Vista boot problems
I am using a multi-boot manager ( Acronis OSS ) to boot into Windows Vista.
When I choose the boot option which makes my Windows 7 partition the Active partition, the boot lands me in Windows Vista. When I try BCDEdit from Windows Vista the default BCD store is pointing to my Windows 7 partition instead of my own Windows Vista.
Does anyone know what is happening and how to correct this ?
I really want to boot into Windows 7 when my Windows 7 partition is made the Acive partition, and boot into Windows Vista when my Windows Vista partition is the Active partition. As it is I can not boot into Windows 7 although I have a perfectly valid partition already setup for it.
I know Microsoft's Windows Boot Manager is doing something I do not understand. But how to correct it via BCDEdit baffles me. Any help would be appreciated.
April 2nd, 2012, 10:08 PM #2
Do I understand correctly that you are using two (2) boot loaders?◄ it is what it is ►
April 2nd, 2012, 10:45 PM #3
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It found both my Windows Vista partition and my Windows 7 partition. When it makes my Windows 7 partition active and boots from it, I boot into Windows Vista !!! When it attempts to make my Windows Vista partition active and boot into it, I get an error from Windows Boot Manager saying something is wrong. In neither case can I boot into Windows 7 itself.
When I am in Windows Vista, I can give my Windows 7 partition a drive letter and access it. If I execute BCDEdit from within Windows Vista its default store is in the Windows 7 partition's /boot/bcd !!! This is despite the fact that there is a BCD store in the Windows Vista partition at its own /boot/bcd.
I can't boot into Windows 7, only Windows Vista, but surely there must be some way of straightening out Windows Boot Manager, via BCDedit ( or EasyBCD which I can also run ) so that when the active partition is the Windows 7 partition i end up booting into Windows 7 and when the active partition is Windows Vista, I boot into Windows Vista.
I do have the install DVDs for both Windows Vista and Windows 7 and coudl try to use whatever startup repair is on either one. But I am loth to do so because I know that either system will take over the MBR and then I have to get Acronis OSS activated again to contro the MBR. There is an Acronis boot disk for the latter, which I can use so maybe using the Windows Vista and Windows 7 install DVDS is the way to go. But I feel there must be some way of achieving what I want through BCDEdit ( or EasyBCD ). I do not think the fault is the Acronis OSS boot manager which is simply booting the code of the active partition ( it lets you change the active partition through its bootup screen GUI ).
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