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I just installed Ubuntu on my second hard drive, and like always GRUB loaded into the MBR. No problem, I knew how to add in the thing for my Vista installation, but now I have a problem I can't seem to fix.

Vista installed it's boot manager on my second hard drive, and now that Linux is there, it says BOOTMGR Missing, blah blah.

No problem right? Just pop in the Vista install disk and I'll be good, but NOOOO.

The Vista disk does not recongnize my Vista installation, so I have no way of replacing the bootmgr. I would just reinstall it, but I have custom DNS servers for my ISP that I HAVE TO HAVE.

Is there a command line way I can replace the boot manager? I know it's not the drivers, when I tried adding in the drivers for my hard disk I noticed that it lists the hard drive there and I can view the files on it and everything, but it doesn't recognize it as a vista installation.
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What is the error it gives?
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The boot manager is missing. If you have an empty hard drive, Vista will put it there.

I didn't know this and installed Linux on my empty drive and for some damn reason the Vista install DVD won't see the partition that has Vista on it as a Vista partition.

I don't know what the hell to do, this is the most insane thing I have ever seen. In XP it was a simple command, but ***? I open CMD from the Vista disk and no commands work. . . . :'(

I could care less about the games and such on the drive, I just REALLY need those DNS servers.
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While for a simple issue this is good enough, this will not solve the hard Vista boot issues.

What will happen to people with two hard drives is that they will install vista on one hard drive and the other one may sit empty. However, what they don't know is that Vista installed the boot parameters on the "empty hard drive" since it was drive (0)(0).

If that drive is removed, Vista will not boot. Moreover, the Vista CD's Fix boot will not do anything to solve that problem.

In that case, the person needs to find another installed copy of Vista. They need to copy the hidden boot folder on the root of the main drive (the 0,0 drive) along with the bootmgr file to a USB drive. They need to do this when Vista is not loaded, otherwise the BCD file will not move (which is the essential part). My suggestion is to use the xcopy /h command in a command prompt (which is one of the fixing features in the Vista install disk).

From there, merely use xcopy /h to put the boot folder and bootmgr back onto the main hard drive and Vista should boot up normally.

This was a pain to figure out after I removed my other hard drive and killed my computer for a week.
from a comment on here: http://lifehacker.com/software/troub...ror-251733.php

I guess you can try that?
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try installing vista on a 3rd hard drive and run windows on that then get the files and reformat the first drive?
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from a comment on here: http://lifehacker.com/software/troub...ror-251733.php

I guess you can try that?
That's what I've been trying, but the disk doesn't see the OS for some reason, but it sees the hard drive, because I can browse it for drivers and such.
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try installing vista on a 3rd hard drive and run windows on that then get the files and reformat the first drive?
THAT my friend, is something I never thought about, but am about to do, thanks!!!!
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THAT my friend, is something I never thought about, but am about to do, thanks!!!!
Eh, that's what it said to do in the quote I posted. Find the files from another installation and copy them over.
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Eh, that's what it said to do in the quote I posted. Find the files from another installation and copy them over.
Sorry, I didn't read it at first lol.

Installed Vista on a second partition of the same hard drive (was supposed to be the FAT32 partition for files).

Anywho, I then installed VistaBootPro, installed the bootmanager to this partition, and now I just need to axe the other parition and reinstall grub.
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