Unable to boot Vista after using Partition Manager

I have a new laptop computer using Windows Vista. I had created 3 other partitions using the Vista program. Because the Vista programs do not create the partitions that I need, I downloaded Partition Manager. This is supposed to be similar to Partition Magic. I tried to change my too big C: partition and enlarge a too small adjacent D: partition (although not sure D: is the correct letter) and now I am unable to boot Vista.

 I've tried all options on the Partition Manager recovery CD and I can boot from the Vista CD. I can get to Safe Mode, but this stops while loading windows system 32 drivers and then converts to a black screen.

"Repair your computer" does not help, but I have not yet installed Vista on top of Vista. Google indicates that many have had difficulties doing this. There appeared to be no other options. I can get to a startup repair screen, but this does not help either. There is a "diagnosis and repair details screen." and no errors are listed. Also I tried to correct the MBR without success.

I will appreciate any advice.
ggwattsAsked:
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
This is because partition Magic is not Vista aware and has trashed the boot record - boot from the Vista DVD and ro a repair.

PS. You can now resize partitions in Vista with the Disk Manager (Computer->Manage->Disk managment) You dont need to use a 3rd party tool.
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
that should be "do a repair" not "ro ..."!
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ggwattsAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your your reply.

I used Partition Manager rather than Partition Magic. Partition Manager is supposed to support Vista. Unfortunately, repair does not work. I have done it, at least 5 times.

I did use the intrinsic Vista partition utility but was not able to create the partitions I need. I have a 120 GB hard drive and I would like to have 4 equal partitions. Unfortunately, the second partition is/was only 8 GB and I could not change it using Vistas utility.

Booting from the windows CD, the "Start Repair" doesn't work nor does using the Partition Manager recovery CD to correct the MBR help.
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PUNKYCommented:
Try repair installation. Boot from Vista DVD and run thru installation until you have selections and pick the repair.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Perhaps the Bootrec /FixMBR or /FixBoot tool would 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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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
hi ggwatts, have you tried to boot from Recovery CD for Partition Manager and check the condition of system partition? Is it NTFS, active and most important, are you able to browse its content with File Transfer Wizard?
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ggwattsAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for the above, but I have in the meantime, installed Vista again.

Is it necessary to reinstall everything again or is there a way to use program files in the old windows folder?
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noxchoGlobal Support CoordinatorCommented:
Yes, you need to reinstall the programs to new Windows installations. But some of them could work from old window folder if the important inscription to Windows registry and path is not required.
My advice is to try starting executable files from old folder installation roots and if it fails reinstall the program. So you have to check all programs one by one.

ragards
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