Evidently, I need the Vista install disc in my optical drive to boot Windows. If I don't have the the disc in the drive, I get this message when the computer boots up, "DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER." I insert the disc and Windows boots normally. What's going on?
Vista 32bit | Core 2 Duo E6600 | BFG GeForce 8800 GTX | Corsair XMS2 TWIN2X2048-6400 2X1GB DDR2-800 | 3ware 9650SE-4LPML RAID Controller | Western Digital 150GB Raptor x2 RAID 0 - OS | Western Digital 150GB Raptor x2 RAID 0 - Data | Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Pro Series | Dell E207WFP & Samsung SyncMaster 213T | Asus Striker Extreme | PC Power & Cooling Turbo-Cool 1KW-SR | Zalman CNPS9700 NT | Silverstone Temjim TJ07 | Coolit Beverage Chiller (pride of the system)
Try checking your BIOS boot priority. Looks like it directs BIOS to look first for the CD then for the hard drive that doesn't contain the system partition with boot files on it. If you have Windows XP installed in the dual-boot mode with Vista, check this article.