I'm attempting to setup a dual boot with Vista and XP on an HP Presario V6000 laptop that came with Vista pre-installed. I've installed XP into a new partition, and the computer booted to XP. Following instructions found somewhere on the net, I used VistaBootPRO to re-create the Vista bootloader, and it did. I then booted to Vista, and couldn't figure out how to get a dual boot. If, while in Vista, I used VistaBootPRO to create a bootloader for XP, I then booted into XP with no Vista choice. I think I understand now what I should have done (changed the drive the XP bootloader pointed to to /C:, since that's where the XP boot files went even though the install is on /D:), but at the time I got frustrated and did something dumb: used a BCD restore file I (you guessed it) found on the internet. Well guess what that did? Wiped out BOTH bootloaders. I was able to reinstall XP, and I can now boot into XP. Neither VistaBootPRO nor EasyBCD can sucessfully recreate my Vista bootloader for some reason. I tried VistaBootPRO first and rebooted, and was stuck again with no valid bootloader. Reinstalled XP AGAIN, and tried EasyBCD. It claims it re-wrote the Vista bootloader ("The MBR has been re-written, changes will take place upon restart", but when I click "view settings" in EasyBCD, I get: "Error! No valid entries found!"
I've also tried the "Rescue my System" option in EasyBCD. When I ask it to "re-create missing / deleted boot files" I get a dialogue asking the boot drive of Vista. I tell it C:\, and it responds: "The directory is not empty", followed by: "No valid entries found!"
I have not tried to reboot since supposedly re-writing the MBR with EasyBCD. I have a feeling I'm gonna end up in the same jam I did after supposedly re-writing the Vista bootloader with VistaBootPRO - I won't be able to boot to anything, and I'll have to install XP AGAIN. I do not have a full Vista disk, just the recovery discs for the laptop, and I think they'll just reformat everything and I'll have to start all over again. Since I'd rather not do that, here's the question:
Is there any way to manually create / repair a bootloader for Vista while I'm booted into XP? Or does anyone have any other ideas?
Thanks much for any help!!!