BSOD after using PM8 incompatible with Vista

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March 4, 2010 at 22:50:28
Specs: vista, core 2 duo/4gb
i made a stupid mistake. I now understand that
Partition Magic is not compatible with Vista. I was
having trouble connecting to the internet, which gave
me an excuse to upgrade to windows 7. So I installed
PM to try to create another partition and transfer all
the important stuff I had on my computer to it and
install windows 7 on the old partition.

My symptoms are: BSOD -
seconds of the windows boot screen. When I put the
windows 7 cd in, the main hard drive partition doesn't
show up.

The main problem here: I am at school and I don't
have another computer like i do at home. I don't have
a vista disc, although I am downloading the windows
vista recovery disc on my droid smartphone and may
be able to get a friend to burn it for me. However, I
already tried the "repair your computer" option in the
boor options menu and tried chkdsk /r, but it doesn't
do anything. It says "would you like to schedule it on
your next boot?" but it doesn't do anything next time.
I also tried Bootrec.exe. The FixMbr option worked,
but FixBoot gave me an error.

I'm not positive that PM caused this, as I was having
issues before.. but i am 95% sure. When I ran it, it told
me to fix some errors, I forget exactly what it said. But
I clicked yes.

Here's the good thing: Everything I need is backed up
on DVDs, so I don't care if I have to format or

Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks

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March 5, 2010 at 12:46:42
I hate to be the bearer of bad news. One of the Top 6 Vista Application Incompatibility (CLICK ME) Reason for PM8 is that it don't work with vista. If you allow it to fix it, you lose the partition and have to reinstall Vista. If you are not convicted with what I tell you, take a look at this LONG THREAD



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March 5, 2010 at 15:22:11
Ha, I hate to be the bearer of GOOD news but I ended up fixing it :) I read those threads too, there's lots on google.. but all it took was getting a Vista disc from my friend and clicking the "Repair" option when booting from the CD, and then using the top option (I think it was just "Repair"). It didn't reinstall Windows, it checked for errors and said it found that my computer was not starting up properly. After about 10 minutes, it told me to restart and it booted up, nothing was changed. In fact, Windows explorer was still broken as it was before, so it definitely didn't reinstall anything.

Its probably important to note that I did this WITHOUT the disc (ie: pressed F8 at startup and went into the recovery console, same options were present) and it didn't do anything. I had done the Bootrec.exe /FixMBR before I did repair with the CD in. Kind of wasted the opportunity though, as I reformatted immediately after.

Thanks for your help though :)

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