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  1. The quickest way to get a command prompt in an elevated administrator mode is : [windows key] > type "cmd" (not quotes) > press CTRL + SHIFT + ENTER
  2. I'm well aware of the bootsect command. The problem is that isn't a complete solution in our scenario. Let the repair your computer option from the Vista media do all the work.
  3. How to use the Bootrec.exe tool in the Windows Recovery Environment to troubleshoot and repair startup issues in Windows Vista http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392/en-us 7. Type Bootrec /FixMbr, and then press ENTER8. Type Bootrec /FixBoot, and then press ENTER. 9. Type Bootrec /ScanOs, and then press ENTER. 10.Type Bootrec /RebuildBcd, and then press ENTER. 11.Restart your computer. Now use Startup Repair in Windows RE. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer. 2. Press a key when you are prompted. 3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next. 4. Click Repair your computer. 5. Click the operating system that you want to repair, and then click Next. 6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Startup Repair. 7. After it has performed, click on View diagnostic and repair details to see what was fixed. 8. Restart your computer.
  4. Does anybody know how to give the Start Menu search bar the ability to index system files too? This way it would show system files that match your query. For example, [windows key] > type "sysdm" into the search bar. Nothing. Why? It doesn't index control panel system files. Can this be enabled? You can enable the "include non-indexed, hidden, and system files" option within the Search Window Advanced Search drop down. Is there a way to enable it in the search menu? Anybody know how? Of course, search finds implicit queries - it shows sysdm.cpl
  5. http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=920730This is what I was referring to, setting the "power icon" on the start menu to hibernate within the control panel power options applet.
  6. No. Upgrade disk is only for upgrading from select versions of XP to select versions of Vista. "In-place installation" as they say in the diagram.
  7. Did you run the vista Upgrade Advisor prior to installation? http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getr.../upgradeadvisor Is your computer capable of running Vista? http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getready/capable.mspx When in the installation do you get the BSOD? ie. what was the last thing it did? Perform a memory test when you are booting from the Vista DVD. The quickest way is to restart your computer and then tap the spacebar a couple times when you see the "boot from CD/DVD" message during startup. A menu should appear and choose the option to perform a memory test. The next time you try to install, unplug all unnecessary hardware devices. BTW, with Vista to disable automatic restart after BSOD:- [Windows Key] > type "sysdm.cpl" > Advanced tab | Startup and Recovery | settings > System failure KEEP CHECK Write an event to the system log UNCHECK Automatic Restart
  8. Yes, if you are not able to. http://www.microsoft.com/windowsvista/getr...pgradeinfo.mspx
  9. Set views to details or list instead of icons within the view drop down menu? explorer > ALT+V > View | Details (or List)
  10. control panel > power options > choose what the power buttons do > When I press the power button : DROP DOWN MENU, CONFIGURE AS YOU LIKE (icon located in bottom of start menu between the search box and lock button) When I press the sleep button : DROP DOWN MENU, CONFIGURE AS YOU LIKE There should also be a hibernate option in the start menu, just click on the triangle at the bottom next to the lock icon. A menu should expand showing the hibernate option.
  11. Vendor Way: Perhaps you can provide whomever you`re going to buy the computer from your copy of XP for them to install on the C drive and have them load the new version of Visa on D drive. See if you can push the issue upstream. You do have a bit of leveraging power here, since you are buying the computer and the vendor will want to make a sale... Of course this option would only work when buying locally. Total ReInstallation Way: Vista is preloaded on your machine on the C partition from the manufacturer and now you want to load on XP Pro as well. I will assume you were given a regular copy of Vista on DVD. Then I would recommend creating a D partition, installing XP onto your C partition then installing Vista on D. Vista will automatically recognize the legacy software and update your BCD store accordingly. Sounds time consuming but it`ll be XP that takes most of your time. Vista can load within an hour.
  12. It can be done via WinRE but you may have to go through the process of restarting into WinRE and "Startup Repair" sometimes at least three times. There are some other options though. 1. Reboot the system to WinRE and use the Startup Repair tool to attempt to repair the BCD, as previously described. 2 Use Bootrec.exe in WinRE to repair the BCD. Boot the system into WinRE and from the command prompt use the following Bootrec command: bootrec /rebuildbcd This will scan all local drives for windows installations and ask you to add each to the BCD store. 3. There are some great GUI based BCD editors out there too. EasyBCD http://neosmart.net/software.php VistaBootPro http://www.vistabootpro.org/
  13. Just re-install WinXP on its previous partition. To reinstall the just erased Vista Boot manager, simply use the "Repair Your Computer" option from WinRE located on your Vista DVD. http://windowshelp.microsoft.com/Windows/e...2f3f351033.mspx http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsv...nvironment.aspx

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