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  • Question

  • I am having issues with my Dual Boot XP Pro/Vista 64 Ultimate computer. On Sunday I got  /Boot/BCD Error on my computer. XP installed in Sept of last year and Vista Ultimate 64 Installed in November. Had no issues untill Sunday. I was prompted to boot from the DVD and run the recovery which I did. The computer booted one more time, then on the boot the next day same error, /Boot/BCD file corrupt or missing, Use your disk to repair, only this time the repair utility cannot find any OS's on my computer.

     

    Both OS's have their own HD, and both file systems are intact. I can transfer drives to another computer and access files on both. The system just wont boot, and all the things that I have done from reading the KB's have been no help. I have tried just about every command in bcdedit to recover/replace with no avail. I have been scouring the KB all week trying different thing with no luck as well.

     

    Anyone have any ideas?

     

    Thanks,

    Justin

     

    Also, the first thing I did was try the bootrec /fixmbr /fixboot /rebuildbcd, with each one being it own command with no luck. The first two say successfully completed, and the third comes up with no oss found.

     

    Saturday, August 23, 2008 5:39 PM

Answers

  • Hi Justin,

      

    First please help confirm the following two points:

     

    1. When did the issue begin to occur?

    2. Have any changes been made on the computer recently, such as an installation or upgrade?

     

    I know that you are unable to view the current Operation System in Repair console; the issue should be caused by the corruption of the bootloader. Please directly ignore this step and continue with the following wizard.

     

    Method 1: Rebuild BCD

    ===================

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next

    4. Click Repair your computer

    5. (Click the operating system that you want to repair), and then click Next

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt

    7. Type BOOTREC /FIXMBR, and then press ENTER

    8. Type BOOTREC /FIXBOOT, and then press ENTER

    9. Type BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD, and then press ENTER

      

    Method 2: Use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to run System Restore

    ========================================================

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next

    4. Click Repair your computer

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next 

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore.

    7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instruction as usual and choose the appropriate restore point.

    8. Click Finish to restore the system.

     

    Method 3: Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

    ====================================================

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next

    4. Click Repair your computer

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on Repair your computer.

    7. (Click the operating system that you want to repair), and then click Next.

    8. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.

     

    Hope it helps!

     

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:32 AM

All replies

  • Hi Justin,

      

    First please help confirm the following two points:

     

    1. When did the issue begin to occur?

    2. Have any changes been made on the computer recently, such as an installation or upgrade?

     

    I know that you are unable to view the current Operation System in Repair console; the issue should be caused by the corruption of the bootloader. Please directly ignore this step and continue with the following wizard.

     

    Method 1: Rebuild BCD

    ===================

    1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time, a currency, and a keyboard or another input method, and then click Next

    4. Click Repair your computer

    5. (Click the operating system that you want to repair), and then click Next

    6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt

    7. Type BOOTREC /FIXMBR, and then press ENTER

    8. Type BOOTREC /FIXBOOT, and then press ENTER

    9. Type BOOTREC /REBUILDBCD, and then press ENTER

      

    Method 2: Use the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE) to run System Restore

    ========================================================

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next

    4. Click Repair your computer

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next 

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on System Restore.

    7. Follow the System Restore Wizard instruction as usual and choose the appropriate restore point.

    8. Click Finish to restore the system.

     

    Method 3: Startup Repair from the Windows Recovery Environment (WinRE)

    ====================================================

    1. Insert the Windows Vista installation disc into the disc drive, and then start the computer. 

    2. Press a key when the message indicating "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD …". appears.

    3. Select a language, a time and currency, and a keyboard or input method, and then click Next

    4. Click Repair your computer

    5. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, choose the drive of your Windows installation and click Next

    6. At the System Recovery Options Dialog Box, click on Repair your computer.

    7. (Click the operating system that you want to repair), and then click Next.

    8. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair.

     

    Hope it helps!

     

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 10:32 AM
  • Thanks,

     

    I had tried all of those steps to no avail. I ended up on the phone with Vista Support for almost four hours and they came to the same conclusion. Re-install the OS. I did. A week later I got the same error.

     

    The last update on the machine was to Service Pack 1 for Vista and Sevice Pack 3 for XP. Which were done a few weeks earlier. No new hardware installed. And no other updates installed either. I do not have either OS to automatically install updates, nor even download the updates. I have it prompt me when updates are available then I research the updates to see if the directly affect me. If they do I create a restore point and install. If not I ignore the update. 

     

    I have yet to reinstall Vista for a third time and am not looking forward to it as I feel I will probably run into some issues with the activation. I do have my case number and will refer whomever I talk to to that.

     

    I actually believe the BCD corrupted due to a failed CPU cooling fan which has since been replaced. I believe the CPU was overheating during boot and would lock up. I have installed Win XP x64 and have had no issues, I did not want to reinstall everything only to find out that I did not have the problem fixed. I have ran my system for a week straight and no issues, yet. I will reinstall my Vista Ultimate x64 this weekend and have another go at it.

     

    Thanks for the input.

     

    Wednesday, September 10, 2008 4:08 AM
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    --Shivank--
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