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Fails to boot to Vista without Vista disk in DVD Drive.

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Suddenly my Vista Ultimate will not boot unless the Vista Install DVD is in the drive, it will then proceeed to boot to the Hard disk ok, otherwise just dsiplays a dark screen.
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Have you tried inserting your Vista installation DVD and running Startup Repair, as detailed on this page:

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/tutorials/tutorial148.html
How to automatically repair Windows Vista using Startup Repair

What is Startup Repair?  This Microsoft page has a great deal more information about that:

http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/en-US/Help/5c59f8c1-b0d1-4f1a-af55-74f3922f3f351033.mspx
Windows Help and How-To:  Startup Repair: frequently asked questions

Startup Repair is designed to detect operating system startup problems and troubleshoot any found and correct them with little user interaction.  It can repair problems such as:

- missing or corrupt drivers
- missing or corrupt system files
- missing or corrupt boot configuration settings
- corrupt registry settings
- corrupt disk metadata (master boot record, partition table, or boot sector.)

When the Startup Repair Tool has taken control, it analyzes startup log files for clues about the source of the problem and launches diagnostic tests to determine the cause. If it determines the cause of the failure, it attempts to fix the problem automatically. After successfully repairing the problem, it will reboot the system, and notify the user of the repairs, filing a detailed report in the Windows Vista event log.

If the Startup Repair Tool can identify the cause of the problem, but can't repair the problem by itself, it will provide access to a set of tools that you can use to manually troubleshoot the problem further.  One of these is the Bootrec tool described below.

If the Startup Repair Tool cannot identify or repair the problem, it will roll back the system to the last configuration that was known to work (Last Known Good Configuration.) Again it will add detailed information about the problem to the Windows Vista event log.
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Startup repair did not detect any problems, also rollback (last known good configuration) did not work.
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See if this MS article is of any help:

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;927392
How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista
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Tried using the Bootrec.exe tool

fixed BCD
Master Boot Record etc

Still same problem
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I don't know whether any of the advice on this page will help, or at least give you some more ideas:

http://forums.microsoft.com/TechNet/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=2498367&SiteID=17
Re: Vista will not start unless DVD is in the drive.
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Ok, used the above link but refined it slightly.

Here's what i did

1. Disabled the IDE PATA drives in the BIOS.
2. Booted Vista DVD, attempted automatic startup repair, problems could not be corrected automatically, send info to microsoft.
3. Tried booting without DVD anyway, this time missing file /BootMgr.
4. Rebooted Vista DVD, this time chose Command prompt, used the following, not sure which one worked.

bootrec /fixmbr
bootrec /fixboot
bootrec /rebuildbcd
bootrec /scanos

5. Rebooted ok without DVD inserted.
6. Re-enabled IDE PATA drives in BIOS, booted OK, even dual booted to XP ok!

ps, I have a dual boot system, Vista on a SATA, XP on a PATA and another PATA disk. I had used Vistabootpro originally to configure the dual boot, but didn't have to use it again to fix this problem. Also this happened after a windows update, obviously the update didnt like the hard drive configuration I have, probably assuming one drive per system or at least not mixed SATA and PATA drives. I have seen a lot of posts on the net reporting this problem I guess since the update was released, hope this helps other people too.
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