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Oops, lost my Windows 7 Bootloader

Hi,

I have a rig with two hard drives.  I am running Windows 7 Beta (happily) on one and just installed Vista SP1 on the second HDD for gaming only.

The problem is that my Windows 7 Bootloader is now GONE and I can't boot back into Windows 7.  My EasyBCD program that I normally use to fix these dual-booting problems doesn't have an entry for Windows 7, so what do i do?

Thanks!
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MitchellVII
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
I just recalled how to do this.  I rebooted off my Windows 7 installation DVD and just asked it to repair.  It then put back in the Windows 7 bootloader for me.

Just restate what I have said here and I'll give the points.
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
I just recalled how to do this.  I rebooted off my Windows 7 installation DVD and just asked it to repair.  It then put back in the Windows 7 bootloader for me.
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
Oh, man...
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
FYI brother, you should be able to manually edit the boot.ini file and specify the drive that Windows 7 is on. It is located in c:\boot.ini

multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 7 Beta" (first controller, first drive, first partition)
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
Spread the points around for the effort :)
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LeeTutorretiredCommented:
FYI, Justin_W_C&, Windows 7 and Windows Vista DO NOT USE Boot.ini.  That was for Windows NT, XP...  There is an entirely new bootloader for Windows Vista and Windows 7:

http://www.windowsbbs.com/showthread.php?t=55153
Info on Vista's New Boot Loader
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
Ah yes, they're stored in NVRAM right? Indeed the easiest solution is to use the Windows Vista disc and select the option "Repair Startup Files" or similar. My mistake I guess I'm still thinking XP -- since I never fell for the Vista hype hehe :) BCDEdit should do the same thing.
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
I was going to dual boot to XP Sp3 for my other HDD as it is going to be dedicated for gaming only; however, my research showed me that with latest drivers, Vista actually slightly outperforms XP in games, so I did a clean Vista 64 Sp1 install.
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Justin_W_ChandlerCommented:
You should make use of NLITE to create a super-slim XP installation. I've got one partition for XP that is nothing but the kernel, directx, and networking. It's very fast.
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
Justin,

Can you play games on that trimmed down version of XP and is it faster than the full version?  Have you done any benchmarking?
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t0t0Commented:
MitchellVII

COULD YOU PLEASE EXPLAIN THE FAIRNESS AND LOGIC IN YOUR REASONING FOR AWARDING POINTS TO Justin_W_Chandler WHEN HE CLEARLY DID NOT PROVIDE YOU WITH THE CORRECT SOLUTION. THE CORRECT SOLUTION WAS POSTED BY LeeTutor IN THE FIRST COMMENT ("Try BCDedit") AND THIS IS LATER CONFIRMED BY Justin_W_Chandler HIMSELF ("BCDEdit should do the same thing").

IN FACT, Justin_W_Chandler DID NOT KNOW HIS SUBJECT AT ALL ("you should be able to manually edit the boot.ini file") AS THIS WAS CORRECTED BY LeeTutor ("Vista DO NOT USE Boot.ini").

IT HARDLY SEEMS FAIR YOU SHOULD AWARD POINTS ON THE BASIS OF("Just restate what I have said here and I'll give the points"). THIS IS NOT FAIR PRACTICE TO EXPERTS WHO INVEST THEIR TIME PROVIDING SOLUTIONS.

THIS QUESTION SHOULD BE RE-OPENED FOR REVIEW AND AMENDED APPROPRIATELY!!
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
t0t0,

I'm sorry, were you even involved in this thread?  BTW, you are aware that YELLING in a thread is considered quite rude and innapropriate, right?

In conclusion, get over yourself.  It's just one question.  Geesh.  You have way too much free time on your hands if you can post a 4 paragraph rant about a question you didn't even try to answer.
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t0t0Commented:
I am not shouting now.... and yes, I have loads of time on my hands.... I am unemployed.

Like I said, in my opinion, at the time you remembered how to solve your problem, the only other comment provided was LeeTutor's.

At that point it would have been appropriate to either cancel the question or award him the points.

Experts invest their time freely in providing expert advice. Your whimsical approach: "Just restate what I have said here and I'll give the points", does not take this into cnosideration.

Furthermore, and i'll reiterate what I have just said, experts invest their time freely in providing expert advice. And that is all the more reason why you should treat the rewarding of points in a manner befitting the service you receive - EXPERTLY and with professionalism and courtesy however, judging your response, it appears these qualities are not in your nature.

PLease let's close matter and move on.
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
Dude, I'm sorry but you are a NUT.  You had NO input at all on this thread, you just came in here ragging on me because of how I gave points out.  I can see why you are unemployed if you acted like this at work.

Seriously, stay away from my threads.  You are scary.
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t0t0Commented:
I can assure you I'm not a nut. I had a problem with Windows 7 Bootloader and my search led me to this thread. I looked at the first advice given (BCDedit) and this did the trick. After browsing through the rest of the thread I couldn't help wondering why that solution was overlooked by you.

Anyway, I'm out of work because my wife was killed by a hit-and-run driver and my 10-year-old child (who was three at the time) was injured and requires on-going special needs attendance.

I participate in EE to keep up with current trends. I work part-time to pay essential bills relating to mobility costs etc... while my daughter stays in hostpital 10 days each month.

As I watch over my child's sleep, my PC is my window to the world outside my four walls.

 
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t0t0Commented:
It's a shit life and sometimes I feel like ending it all....
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MitchellVIIAuthor Commented:
Dude, ur whack, leave me alone.
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