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Installation failure also leaves Vista unable to boot

asked 2012-01-17 03:07:23 -0600

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My installation of Fedora from a Live USB ended with an error message saying the drive needed to be repaired by Windows. But when I tried to start back into Windows Vista, I see that it had corrupted Vista. I now would get an error message that I had to reboot using a restore disks, which I do not have. I finally found a System Recovery disk online, but it does not find the previous version of Vista and says I need to Load Drivers, but I do not have a drivers disk. I do have a complete .tar file of my hard drive on a portable hard disk (that I made using Fedora booted off a Live USB). But I did not make Windows Rescue disks. Than you, Stuart

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answered 2012-01-17 05:15:44 -0600

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Kparal: The common issue is that the Windows partition must have a bootable flag so that the System Recovery utility can find it. Boot a GParted live image or Fedora Live image and make sure your Windows partition has a bootable flag. That try to recover your Windows again.

How do I check for a bootable flag in Fedora Live image? I am in Fedora Live image, but in the File Manager I now have trouble seeing the drive at all. I can no longer get it to appear in the /media/ like I previously could.

I do worry that the installation attempt already corrupted the disk, so I hope doing a reinstall of Vista is not too problematic (When I bought it from Best Buy I did not get the windows disks, so for reinstalling Windows I just the ".tar" backup)

Thanks, Stuart (Tomorrow I will be offline for a day while going from Hong Kong to Phoenix)

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answered 2012-01-17 04:51:59 -0600

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The common issue is that the Windows partition must have a bootable flag so that the System Recovery utility can find it. Boot a GParted live image or Fedora Live image and make sure your Windows partition has a bootable flag. That try to recover your Windows again.

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