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Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install

Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install - PCSTATS
Abstract: What you need to know to bring a crashed Vista PC system back to life. When Windows Vista fails and won't boot, separate the hardware from the software and get it fixed with the help of PCSTATS.
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Vista Bootrec Console Tools

To use bootrec, load the Windows Vista repair environment as detailed above, then go to the advanced options screen and open the command prompt.

From the command prompt, type 'bootrec /scanos' and press ENTER.

This command scans your hard disks for any Vista installations that are not currently included in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) table which the Vista boot manager uses.

In the screenshot above, BootRec has detected a 'rogue' Vista installation which is not included in the BCD and thus is not bootable (or visible to the Vista startup repair process).

If the bootrec /scanos command gives you a result, you should be able to continue the repair process. If it does not, you may wish to run diagnostic software on your hard disk drive again (as covered above) since it may not be possible to repair your problem. See our 'worst case scenario' section below for more details.

Recovering 'lost' Windows Vista installations

Assuming that you got a result from the 'bootrec /scanos' command as covered above, you can now proceed with getting your lost Vista lamb back into the secure BCD table fold and making it bootable again.

First let's make sure your computer is working with a clean Master Boot Record (MBR), the first sector of the hard drive which acts as both an introduction and a table of contents for the Vista 'book' to get metaphorical for a second. From the command prompt, type 'bootrec /fixmbr' and hit ENTER, followed by 'bootsect.exe /nt60 all /force' and ENTER again.

What you have just done is created a new MBR (in case errors in the first sector of the hard drive or a virus corrupted the old one) and told it to use the Windows Vista boot loader to load Vista installations present on any of the hard disks in your computer. If you receive an 'element not found' error when entering either command, proceed to the section below for help.

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Contents of Article: PCSTATS
 Pg 1.  Beginners Guides: Windows Vista Crash Recovery and Repair Install
 Pg 2.  Step 1 - PC Turns On, Does Not Boot Up
 Pg 3.  Step 2 - Options for Recovering Windows Vista
 Pg 4.  Windows Vista Recovery Environment
 Pg 5.  Vista Startup Repair Con't
 Pg 6.  Vista's System Restore Utility
 Pg 7.  Windows Vista Memory Diagnostic Tool
 Pg 8.  — Vista Bootrec Console Tools
 Pg 9.  Recovering Lost Partitions Con't
 Pg 10.  Preventative Maintenance: Make Vista Easy to Recover

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