Hi all, I've had a bit of a disaster fixing someone's PC, and I'd be very grateful for any advice to help me fix it!
My friend's PC has Vista installed, but they need to run an program that requires IE6, which in turn needs XP. I've created a partition on the drive in which to install XP, but the install failed. Now the PC won't boot!
I don't care about saving the XP installation, but I need to get Vista to start-up again. I'm hoping that I just need to edit the boot.ini file. Am I right? Is there more I will need to do?
Vista doesn't use a Boot.ini file. You probably need to boot with a Vista DVD, go into the Repair console and run the command FIXBOOT so that the PC boots again from Vista's Boot Manager.
Normally, when software specifies a system requirement, such as IE6, it means that is the *minimum* requirement. It is unlikely that the program you're trying to run doesn't run with IE7 or IE8 installed.
Thanks for your replies Fruitbat and rdave. I would have a go at fb's solution but I haven't yet mastered the art of making a bootable vista cd/usb stick that leaves me at a command prompt. Rdave, the vista recovery cd looks good, I've not seen that before. I've copied the files to a memory stick and booted to it ok on my computer. Unfortunately, I have already left my friend's house in shame! But they will be anxious to have their PC working again, so I'll post again after I've been round to see them...
Preferable to download the recovery disk iso file and burn to a DVD disk. On the bad pc you should boot up from the dvd/cd drive and select the appropriate task. This usually performs the boot loader repair for Vista.
An update: have run the Startup Repair option on the Vista DVD - it runs, but appears not to do anything. I want to try Fruitbat's solution, I have bootsect.exe but now I'm not sure how to make a boot disk that will boot to the command prompt.
And finally... problem solved. I found a copy of bootsect.exe, copied it onto my memory stick. booted into the Vista Repair program, which has a command prompt option. Used fruitbat's bootsect command above, rebooted, and everything worked. A huge relief - and I've managed not to lose my friends!