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okay so some genius deleted the boot manager on a windows vista laptop and it won't boot off of either of my OEM Vista CD's but it will boot off of the 7 CD's i have, no i can't just put 7 on the laptop any suggestions?
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ummmm...........:gunner2:vista


well the only thing I can think of would be attempt putting a new boot loader on like grub or something capable of booting windows.
Why won't it boot from your vista CDs? you can't do a repair?

I would also try really hard to sell the customer on the benefits of windows 7.
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ummmm...........:gunner2:vista
well the only thing I can think of would be attempt putting a new boot loader on like grub or something capable of booting windows.
Why won't it boot from your vista CDs? you can't do a repair?
I would also try really hard to sell the customer on the benefits of windows 7.

I have tried the Grub, and all it did was say I quit, and raged at it.
I don't know why it won't boot off my Vista CD's, I just booted my CD's on my tower (THOR) and they both ran fine (no install), and I tried the same thing with a VM usning the HDD from the laptop and had the exact same result.
and to your last statment that i will talk to him about it.
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I have tried the Grub, and all it did was say I quit, and raged at it.
I don't know why it won't boot off my Vista CD's, I just booted my CD's on my tower (THOR) and they both ran fine (no install), and I tried the same thing with a VM usning the HDD from the laptop and had the exact same result.
and to your last statment that i will talk to him about it.

if you put the windows 7 disk in, does it give you the option of doing an upgrade, because if you can convince him to get 7, then you might just do the upgrade and he can keep all his stuff.
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no, i can't just upgrade, i can only install however when i put the HDD in my tower i can get his files off of it.
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I brought a laptop where someone deleted the boot loader I think only way I could do it was reformatting the drive
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okay so some genius deleted the boot manager on a windows vista laptop and it won't boot off of either of my OEM Vista CD's but it will boot off of the 7 CD's i have, no i can't just put 7 on the laptop any suggestions?

Try this: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392
post #8 of 15
Whoa, whoa, whoa... slow down.

Not enough info. In your first post you make some general claim as to what happened without any of the details.

1. What was happening (ie - what did the screen post) when you tried turning on the PC, and it didn't load Windows?

2. What was your method of installation for GRUB? What variant of GRUB did you use? And finally, what exact message did GRUB post when it failed to boot the OS?

If you can't be bothered to at least answer that, you may look into the Neosmart recovery discs for Windows Vista/7. They were designed for the exact situation where an OEM disc didn't have a recovery option. They could reinstall the bootloader, and repair the MBR. While they used to be offered for free, there's now a minimal $10 fee to download them. Although... an unscrupulous search will still return the original downloads out there in places.
Edited by Who'sThere - 6/4/12 at 11:46am
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So are you trying to reinstall Vista, but the OEM partition it want to grab the drivers from is gone, causing it to hang? If that's the case, using any linux live CD to reformat the drive fully should fix it. I think most OEM's CD's do have the full OS on them, they just try to pull the drivers and such from that partition if availble.

Or is it option number 2, you're trying to recover the existing OS without a reinstall, and are missing the bootloader to boot it up?
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post #10 of 15
get the kit from ms to repair your install ,will need another computer ,put it on disk then do as you do regularly and repair from disk should work.unless vista is too old?nha i believe all this is astill avail from ms!
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