xp over vista on hidden drive

Emachines / H5270
September 21, 2009 at 19:02:38
Specs: Windows Vista
the computer crashed and wouldnt boot
couldnt get it to do anything kept getting
boot from cd screen,so in my wisdom
i inserted an old xp installation disk
i had and somehow it overwrote the vista boot files now when i boot up it boots up to the xp screen,when i press f8 i can only install xp there is no option to install vista.am i screwed
no recovery cds were made and when i go to advanced boot there is no repair your computer option

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#1
September 21, 2009 at 22:32:02
What did you do with the XP CD?

There's no way of fixing what you did if you installed XP on the same partition as Vista was installed on.

I found those things out while setting up a generic system using both an OEM (XP) MCE 2005 CD and an OEM Vista Premium DVD.

- you can't access a Vista Windows partition with the XP Recovery Console - when you choose the Vista Windows partitition, you can't get past ... Administrator Password: - no matter what you try, you get Access Denied, or similar.
- you probably can't do the "Repair install" procedure either, the second Repair choice in Setup, for the same reason, though I didn't try that - and what good would that do anyway even if you could ?

- If you were dual booting XP and Vista on the same computer, you can run at least some XP Recovery Console commands from the XP partition on the Vista partition, if you boot from an XP CD, but you can't access the Vista partition directly. E.g. I was able to run CHKDSK /R on the Vista partition.
.....

If Vista is what was on this model orginally, go to the emachines web site and order the Recovery disk(s) for your model - it's / they're probably well under $50 including shipping.

Or buy yourself an OEM Vista DVD, or better still, an OEM Windows 7 DVD, but that will cost you more bucks, and you won't have any of the bonus software that came with the system, and you'll have to install the drivers the operating system doesn't automatically find yourself.
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Check your hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostics.
See the latter part of response 1 in this:
http://www.computing.net/windows95/...

(thanks to Dan Penny for this link:)
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities
http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm...

If you don't have a floppy drive, you can get a CD image diagnostic utility from most hard drive manufacturer's web sites, but obviously you would need to make a burned CD, preferably a CD-R for best compatibilty, on another computer if you need to.

If the hard drive itself tests okay, any data problems found can be fixed, one way or another.


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#2
September 22, 2009 at 05:01:37
You might be able to order a Vista recovery cd from emachine.

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#3
September 22, 2009 at 09:09:38
I STILL HAVE THE XP CD!!! ,NOW I WENT TO START
THE COMP AND IM BACK TO BOOT FROM CD SCREEN
F8 GIVES ME NOTHING EVERYTHING IS UNPLUGGED BUT KEYBOARD AND MOUSE WILL CONTACT EMACHINES (ACER)TRY TO GET RECOVERY CD

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#4
September 22, 2009 at 10:02:52
You're not "getting it" !!

See my info in response 1 !

You can't possibly fix Vista with the XP CD unless the system has both XP and Vista installed on it !!

You best option is to order the emachines Recovery disk(s) for your model !
Yes, emachines is now part of the Acer group, but you need to go to the emachines web site.
.......

While I was fiddling with that dual boot MCE 2005 / Vista Premium installation, I learned you are often "going up the creek without a paddle" when you have a brand name system that didn't come with a Vista DVD or the equivalent - there are many things you cannot fix when things go seriously wrong with Vista unless you have a Vista DVD or the equivalent , or a bootable copy of one.
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By the way, if this is a desktop computer....

emachines computers are well known to have el-cheapo power supplies that tend to fail more often than average, and when the power supply fails completely, they are a lot more likely than average to damage something else, often the mboard.
This is especially the case if it's a BESTEC power supply!!


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#5
September 22, 2009 at 13:43:44
sorry not trying to offend but you asked in your reply what happened to the xp cd i was just telling you what happened to it.i know it wont fix it.but it did get me past the boot from cd
screen so i know my hard drive is good.because all the files are still there.

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