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BCD Registry is missing or corrupt

Postby jbullard » Sun Nov 11, 2007 1:11 pm

Don't give up yet. I had to go to bed which is why I asked for the others to help.

Have you tried to switch to a different drive under Manage OS Entries for XP?

Have you Forced installation of the Vista bootloader after doing the above and after moving those files?

These two problems can cause that same issue to keep reappearing if you didn't do them. Also, if it comes down to it, just pop in the Vista DVD and select "Startup Repair" at the installation screen which can detect and repair issues that VBP does not have the ability to do.

Sometimes the BCD Registry is more messed up than what we can see on the surface. :yesnod:

We will get it worked out though. Just be patient. :)
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Postby Sandpiper » Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:42 pm

I did the forced installation of the bootloader but after I did that, when given the choice of booting up Vista or XP and I choose XP, the computer just reboots. I changed the XP drive letter to H but that did no good. I ran the Vista Startup repair but that didn't change anything.
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Postby jbullard » Sun Nov 11, 2007 3:45 pm

Okay. Can you post a screen shot of Disk Manager for us and also post the contents of View Settings -> All again so we can see the updated information.
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Postby Sandpiper » Sun Nov 11, 2007 4:34 pm

I can't seem to attach a screen shot of the disk manager so I'll just put what it says:

Volume F: (vista installed)
232.88 GB NTFS
Healthy (system, boot, page file, active, crash dump, primary partition)

Volume C: (XP installed)
66.06 GB NTFS
Healthy (active, primary partition) - 8 MG not allocated - HP_Recovery (D: ) 8.46 GB FAT32) Healthy Primary Partition

Drive C: has two partations as noted


Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier {bootmgr}
device partition=F:
default {current}
displayorder {current}
{ntldr}
timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader
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identifier {current}
device partition=F:
path \Windows\system32\winload.exe
description Windows Vista
bootdebug No
osdevice partition=F:
systemroot \Windows
resumeobject {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963}
nx OptOut
pae ForceDisable
vga No
quietboot No
sos No
debug No

Resume from Hibernate
---------------------
identifier {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963}
device partition=F:
path \Windows\system32\winresume.exe
description Windows Vista (TM) Home Premium (recovered)
inherit {resumeloadersettings}
pae Yes
debugoptionenabled No

Windows Memory Tester
---------------------
identifier {memdiag}
device partition=F:
path \boot\memtest.exe
description Windows Memory Diagnostic

Windows Legacy OS Loader
------------------------
identifier {ntldr}
device partition=C:
path \ntldr
description Windows XP
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Postby jbullard » Sun Nov 11, 2007 9:32 pm

Have you tried to set XP with all the drives that are available? It should be C if Vista is F but for some reason it is not. However, you are missing a lot of different entries in the registry as well. Let me draw up a list of items that you will need to run in order to get this BCD Registry back to what it should look like. It will be a list of bcdedit commands but all you really are going to need to do is copy and paste. I will take care of the correct commands.
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Postby Sandpiper » Sun Nov 11, 2007 10:11 pm

Ok, thanks.
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Postby jbullard » Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:41 am

Sorry about the delay but I had to get some sleep.

The first thing that you will want to do is open the Command Prompt in Administrator Mode. You can do this by going to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Command Prompt (Right click Run As Admin).

EMS Settings
1. bcdedit /create {emssettings}
2. bcdedit /set {emssettings} bootems yes


Debugger Settings
1. bcdedit /create {dbgsettings}
2. bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} debugtype Serial
3. bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} debugport 1
4. bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} baudrate 115200


RAM Defects
1. bcdedit /create {badmemory}


Global Settings
1. bcdedit /create {globalsettings}
2. bcdedit /set {globalsettings} inherit {dbgsettings} {emssettings} {badmemory}


Boot Loader Settings
1. bcdedit /create {bootloadersettings}
2. bcdedit /set {bootloadersettings} inherit {globalsettings}


Resume Loader Settings
1. bcdedit /create {resumeloadersettings}
2. bcdedit /set {resumeloadersettings} inherit {globalsettings}


Windows Memory Tester
1. bcdedit /set {memdiag} locale en-US
2. bcdedit /set {memdiag} inherit {globalsettings}
3. bcdedit /set {memdiag} badmemoryaccess yes


Resume from Hibernate
1. bcdedit /set {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963} description "Windows Resume Application"
2. bcdedit /set {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963} locale en-US
3. bcdedit /set {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963} filedevice partition=F:
4. bcdedit /set {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963} filepath "\hiberfil.sys"


Windows Boot Loader
1. [b]bcdedit /set {current} locale en-US



Windows Boot Manager
1. bcdedit /set {bootmgr} locale en-US
2. bcdedit /set {bootmgr} inherit {globalsettings}
3. bcdedit /set {bootmgr} resumeobject {8eb84c3a-6ee4-11dc-b780-806e6f6e6963}
4. bcdedit /set {bootmgr} toolsdisplayorder {memdiag}


Once you have finished running all of these commands I would suggest doing another force Vista bootloader installation. Now this may not fix the problem but at least it will setup your bcd registry to what it is actually suppose to be. All of these settings were missing and can cause a lot of problems. This will help us identify what is really going on.
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Postby Sandpiper » Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:40 pm

I opened the Command Prompt as Administrator but I'm really not sure how to go about checking the bcd settings. For example, how do I get into the EMS Settings to see or add
1. bcdedit /create {emssettings}
2. bcdedit /set {emssettings} bootems yes

The bcdedit area I opened is read only and does not allow changes.
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Postby jbullard » Mon Nov 12, 2007 4:42 pm

When you open Command Prompt as the Administrator all you have to do is type in those commands exactly how they are. The program is called bcdedit.exe which is how Vista controls operations to your BCD Registry. So you don't have to do anything else except type in those commands. :)
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Postby Sandpiper » Mon Nov 12, 2007 6:23 pm

Ok, just one more question.

Do I type in:

Debugger Settings
1. bcdedit /create {dbgsettings}
2. bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} debugtype Serial
3. bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} debugport 1
4. bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} baudrate 115200

or just:

bcdedit /create {dbgsettings}
bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} debugtype Serial
bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} debugport 1
bcdedit /set {dbgsettings} baudrate 115200
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