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Fixing boot.ini without being able to boot cpu

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Hi experts.
I am running windows XP but have recently installed vista and linux aswell. So 3 operating systems. I used acronis boot manager to select between theoperating systems and usedthem all.  Now,my cpu will not boot up because the boot manager failed.  it tries to load acronis and then says cannot and will not bootup anything. How do I configure the boot.ini file with out being able to boot up cpu first. What programjs would you suggest and what are some general guid lines?
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Question by:uruguay96
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by:and235100
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This sounds like you will have to boot with a windows cd - and go into Recovery Console.

Then run:

fixmbr

Then - you will able to boot to XP - and can reinstall your bootloader.

The issue you had is that there isn't currently an official vista-compatible boot manager (other than the one supplied with vista)
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you don't need an official boot loader for vista. What does acronis say when you boot up? Have you tried booting from an acronis true image CD and re-installing the bootloader.
Another method is put the HD into another Pc and then edit boot.ini but re-installing the acronis boot loader should do the job.
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by:Calmar46
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Looks like a gray area. Acronis says that OS Manager is supported under Vista, but doesn't indicate that Vista is supported by it as a boot manager. Disk Director cannot be installed on my Vista Business O/S, while True Image installs successfully. Suggest you try using VistaBootPro (http://www.vistabootpro.org/) to activate the Vista boot manager. If you need help with this process, see my comments in:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/Windows/XP/Q_22392291.html
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by:shayneg
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the vista boot manager may not handle the linux partition. Just re-install the boot loader on the acronis true image boot cd
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by:Calmar46
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The Vista boot manager handles "other" O/S's through boot.ini. As I recall, you copy the location of the linux bootsector to a file where ntldr and boot.ini can find it. Then, simply add a line to boot.ini:

C:\{bootsector file} "LINUX"
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by:Calmar46
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Late-breaking news. Acronis has released new builds for DiskDirectorSuite v.10 (2160) and TrueImage v.10 (4942) which include Vista support.
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these releases have been out for a while now
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