Windows Vista32 Basic
Toshiba Satellite, Laptop. Model L355-S7915
Drive C virus infected beyond repair.
Installed Windows Vista32 Basic into partition Drive E, creating Dual-Boot.
Months later, intended to delete Drive C & merge space to Drive E (unable to format primary drive)
Clean Installed Drive C, Windows Vista32 Home Premium (with intention to eventually merge E's space to C)
Immediately following clean install, Drive E displayed bottom-right notice of being "Not Genuine"
Attempted from Drive E to use a program "Windows Vista Activation Tool Kit 2.2" to get rid of the notice, failure resulted in problem.
Bios appears to begin properly. Normally, it gives an option as to which OS to run--it currently finishes the bios screen, then displays a black screen with a blinking dos-cursor. F8 accesses 'Setup' and 'Boot Manager' (have tried neither option). I currently cannot access either OS, and am afraid to do anything further without advise.
Willing to accept total loss of both OS if necessary. Ability to salvage or Clean Install Drive C, with ability to retrieve saved files from Drive E.
Clarify: I do NOT want to bypass activation. I DO want to return this computer to a state that is usable, preferably without losing personal files on Drive E.
Requesting assistance, please.
Edited by Sarous, 16 August 2012 - 12:11 PM.