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hi,

i have a dual boot laptop dell insperion 1710. dual boot xp and vista on a partitioned disk
last night my battery ran out while it was doing an update for xp.

tried to boot into xp but it would get stuck on the xp emblem.

i can however boot into vista just fine.

im thinking either my MBR was corrupted or my boot ini

any other ideas?

if all else fails i guess i will have to reinstall XP again. and i know that is a pain cause i have to go into dos commands an mess with the bootlaoder.

evrtything is backed up on a external drive.

any help or ideas would really help me out

thanks!
 

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no, it gets stuck. it loads the drivers but gets stuck right after that
 

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Oh, and anytime you do updates, have real power plugged in ;)
lol, i have my dunce hat on today.

waht is the dos camand for sys restore again?
 

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If you have a retail XP disk,boot to it,select enter to continue installation
and on the following screens,you should get an option to repair a windows
installation.
Do that,then install hardware drivers.
After,boot to the vista disk and look for a link to repair options.
Use that and select repair of the boot files.
 

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http://searchwindowsserver.techtarget.com/tip/0,289483,sid68_gci952987,00.html

Posted the wrong one first :eek:

System Restore in Windows XP is an extremely useful tool. Sometimes you may need to run it when your computer won't boot to Windows normally or in Safe Mode. You can still run System Restore in this case by doing the following:

1) Start your computer to Safe Mode with Command Prompt logging on as an account with administrator rights.

2) Type %systemroot%system32 estore strui.exe and Enter at the command prompt to start the System Restore feature.
 

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that's strange. set up is saying i dont have a hard disk installed on my pc. my pc still boots to vista.
 

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yes its sata.

do i have to install the 3rd party drivers
 

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Then the SATA drivers have to be installed first. Not sure where you will see that option on the boot process, but, be sure you have your CD / DVD drive to boot first in the bios settings.

EDIT, I see you did a quick edit --- yes to 3rd party drivers.
 

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can i boot to vista then run dos cmd and change directory to my xp directory, then run the sys restore from there?
 

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rats...sys restore wont run from there:mad:
 

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Put the sata drivers on a floppy.
When booting to the XP disk,watch for press F6
to install third party SCSI or raid drivers.
Press F6 and have the disk ready.
 

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Have you tried Last good known configuration?
yes i tried that no go

@ leroys1000 : its a laptop no floppy.

going home to get my dell cds

thanks guys
 

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