two OS in my computer and one is not working

September 26, 2011 at 06:56:45
Specs: Windows 98 and Vista
I'm trying to login to admin user but i forgot the password, and about to solve this problem by using UltrabootCD flash USB.
Now the problem i have two OS windows 98 and windows Vista, the first one is not working, so when I try to Boot my computer by using the flash USB the first thing I see Windows 98 and its not working.
Can some one help me please to let my USB Run to the Vista or do any thing to delete my Windows 98.

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September 27, 2011 at 12:08:49
Hi, it seems as if someone messed up the bootloader/partition of Windows 98. Can you boot into the Vista partition at all?.. And, do you need to recover any data off of the Windows 98 partition?..

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September 27, 2011 at 16:48:19
Hi xraynx,

yes I can boot into the vista, and no i don't need any data from Win 98.

thank you for your help :-)

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September 28, 2011 at 01:11:28
Hi xraynx,

I forgot to post that i want to boot with my flash USB with out using WIN 98 to unlock my lost password on Vista, but DOS always keep me in win 98

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September 28, 2011 at 14:30:59

If I understand you correctly, you want to be able to use your USB flash drive to reset your password without booting into Windows 98 at all?.

Have you tried booting into Windows Vista in safe mode and then trying to login?. (You can boot into Safe Mode by tapping the F8 key on your computer).

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September 28, 2011 at 16:48:27

i know this way but i can't, the only way is booting by flash usb because my cd rom is not working.

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September 29, 2011 at 11:05:51
You do not need a CD-ROM drive to use Safe Mode. Safe Mode is a utility that's built into Windows itself to allow the user to diagnose problems.

Try this method if your USB Drive has enough available space: (This allows you to create a Windows Vista password reset disk which can either go on a CD or a USB drive).

If you can gain access to an account in Safe Mode, see if you can run a System Restore to unlock the Administrator password:

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September 29, 2011 at 14:06:52

I mean I know the safe mode way, but this way is not working because the other user is not administrator, And I was trying to explain that I'm using my flash USB because my cd-rom is not working.

I tried many ways but the only way is to skip windows 98 and boot my flash USB into Vista.

Sorry I didn't explain my problem very well and I hope this time its clear.
Thank You :)

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September 29, 2011 at 18:32:22
I'm not sure if this will work, but, it's worth a shot. Since you have a USB Drive (I'm not sure of the size however in MB/GB) you can create a Windows Vista Recovery disc that can be installed onto your USB drive (I'm assuming you're on a second computer typing to me, anyway). Here are the instructions:

Hopefully this works, if it does not, let me know.

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October 3, 2011 at 13:15:39

Sorry for delay, I was traveling.

I'm not sure if i need a recovery for my vista. If I turn my pc with out the flash (normally) i choose between two OS 1- WIN 98 and 2- Vista ( WIN 98 is not working ).
when i try to boot my pc with a flash USB it goes directly to WIN 98 DOS C:
Is there any way to skip win98 to vista from the ( dos ) when i'm using the booting?

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October 3, 2011 at 13:17:36
i mean when i'm using booting flash USB

thnx again :-)

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October 3, 2011 at 18:39:58
Perhaps trying a Windows 98 Recovery boot disk might fix the issue of it going straight to dos: And, not that I'm aware of. The issue seems to be related to the bootloader for Windows 98, I believe.

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October 3, 2011 at 19:58:10

Which OS was installed first, W98, or Vista?

Have your tried using something like an easyBCD downloaded to a USB flash drive, and from Win98 reinstate the Vista bootloader?

Don't know if easy BCD would run in 98, but maybe use something comparable downloaded to the USB media...

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October 4, 2011 at 02:46:26
xraynx the link is not working

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October 4, 2011 at 02:58:25

I got this pc with Vista.

i can't do the settings for easyBCD because Vitsa admin user is locked and win98 is not working.

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October 4, 2011 at 03:59:21
"xraynx the link is not working"

Probably what you want is here, wait until xraynx confirms.

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October 5, 2011 at 00:28:42
That's correct, thanks John!, and sorry for the late reply, Plat. It seems though that might not be able to run from a USB but as Aaflac pointed out, you can try running EasyBCD from your USB drive:

Another option we can try..Which, might be easier, is using Linux to replace the Windows bootloader (which should allow you to boot from both OSes):

To do this, download the "Linux Mint" Iso file from here to your working computer:

Then download the LiveUSB creator from this link:

When you first run the program choose the "Install from ISO image" option, and where it says "Select Linux Distribution" Select "Linux Mint" and version "7".

Under the "Install To" menu choose your USB flash drive then press "Ok".

After the image has been burned. Boot your USB into your non working computer and let it run by itself. It should take you to a login screen where it will automatically log you in as a user named "Mint".

Once at the desktop of Linux Mint, you should see your hard drive icon with an "Install" option. After clicking that, follow the prompts.

When you get to the disk partitioning menu, you should have an option to "Run them side by side choosing between each at startup", make sure that option is ticked, and proceed (if it's not let me know)

It will ask you (or should) to specify the amount of space you want to use for free space. If it does you can use this MB to GB calculator to select the proper amount of space based on how big your drive is. Since you have two OS'es installed already, I recommend using no more than 10GB for the Linux installation:

After that follow the prompts to continue, please let me know if it asks you where to install the "Grub" bootloader, so that I can give you instructions on that step and how to proceed.

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