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Error loading operating system...

by Jax0x / June 16, 2008 5:03 PM PDT

Sorry to instantly ask advice as a newbie but I'm desperate for advice.
Heres a quick explanation of what I've done.
My family all use the main vista machine in the dining room, but most of my brothers games do not work on vista. I had the smart idea of shrinking the C: volume and partitioning in the unallocated space then installing XP into that partition. So I went ahead, then when the computer booted to continue setup I get:
Any Key to Boot from CD... Error loading operating system...
'Insert loud scream here' Grin
Sooo. Clever me. I then went into XP setup and deleted the partition with the XP setup files on there hoping that will stop this message.
Any Key to Boot from CD... Error loading operating system...
I then tried Vista Recovery Console, it said it fixed the problem,
Any Key to Boot from CD... Error loading operating system...
I then downloaded VistaBootPRO and burned it to CD, tried to run from Vista's Recovery CMD prompt... Windows installer not installed or something..
Any suggestions past this will be much appreciated. Thnkyou for reading my long message.

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"the main vista machine" is what?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2008 4:06 AM PDT

Sorry but without make or model we can't tell if you use the Vista DVD or call it's maker to ask if they have a way to recover from such.

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by Jax0x / June 17, 2008 4:19 AM PDT

It was from Q-Tek, They don't do support, it's almost like a store bought pc. I hav the Vista DVD, tried to use it and that didn't help.

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So when you boot your Vista DVD you see
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2008 4:25 AM PDT
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Without the dvd
by Jax0x / June 17, 2008 4:35 AM PDT

Without the dvd I get error loading operating system.
I tried using the Vista DVD, which booted fine but the tools didn't help.
I've even gone to the extent of trying BCDEDIT /ems ON in command line under C:\Windows\System 32

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The tools are limited.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2008 5:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Without the dvd

And don't repair all busted OSes. For now, slip in a new hard disk, install Vista, all the drivers to get going till you can think of more Vista repair methods. Remember that when you move Vista from partition to partition it fails spectacularly.

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