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Removed 30 second delay on boot.ini. Now laptop won't has no delay and trying to boot to the wrong partition.

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Vista Home Premium, 64x.  Trying to repair and I got rid of 30 second boot delay time and made the selection Vista (the only boot.ini option).  It had always given me the chioce during bootup between Vista or Install Vista.  Now laptop tries to boot to wrong OS without any delay and I can't catch it in time. It BSOD from that partition because it's an install/repair partition and I don't have the disks.  Can't get into safe mode, boot mode, or bios.   How can I change this? Thanks!
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by:viralypatel
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keep continuously pressing F8 as soon as you power on your system.
Start in DOS mode when the options are displayed.
Then revert the changes you made to the boot.ini file.
Restart.
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by:emrichbke
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Doesn't work. Can't get into any mode from there. Nothing works- F2, F8, F10, Esc. It just goes into the screen very quickly where it shows the 2 OS options, flashes for a milisecond then boots into the setup, which BSOD.
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by:jrobillard
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With an install disk of Windows Vista, boot in console mode.
then:
•bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup
•c:
•cd boot
•attrib bcd -s -h -r
•ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old
•bootrec /RebuildBcd

You can use the /fixmbr and /fixboot for fixing one of those !
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by:emrichbke
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I don't have install disks. At least not the proper ones. When it goes through the install from the DVD, it tells me it's not the correct disk. Don't have em.
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by:jrobillard
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download the trial of Windows 7 here:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Windows-7.shtml and use this disk to repair your partition.
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viralypatel earned 500 total points
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in that case connect your hdd as an external hdd to another system and revert your changes to the boot.ini file. reconnect your hdd back to your system after that.
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by:emrichbke
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That sounds like it would work virlypatel.  Can you tell me how to revert the changes to the boot.ini file? I can manage it, but maybe over my head a little.
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by:viralypatel
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after connecting your hdd as an external drive browse to the drive where you've installed your OS.
The default location for boot.ini is c: if OS is installed on c:
Browse to the drive accordingly. compare the boot.ini with the boot.ini on the system you've conected your hdd to.
Change the delay as you see in the other boot.ini file.

PS: Boot.ini would be a hidden file so you'll need to enable the option in folder options to be able to view hidden files.
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