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Making 64 bit vista boot disk on a 32 bit xp ?

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  • Windows Vista
  • Windows XP
Last response: in Windows Vista
August 2, 2009 11:35:21 AM

After the last vista 64 bit sp 2 update on my 64 bit pc, that pc wont boot anymore (what a surprise!).
So I want to do a system restore to a point before that last update, but cant find my repair disc and the original vista os-disc is useless at reparing.
On the net I found a 64 bit vista repair image at that I 'burned' to a usb-key using unetbootin-windows-357.exe.

The problem is that even the 64 bit pc can boot from an usb-device, it wont.

My hunch is that unetbootin is using a replica of the 32 bit xp system to make the MBR & bootsector on the usb-key.

So what I need is a way to make a 64-bit MBR & bootsector configuration on my 32 bit xp system.

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August 2, 2009 1:04:24 PM

I don't think you can do that. I know with nLite and vLite you need a 64-bit OS to make 64-bit boot disks. However, you could try this option before going any further:

1) Boot the Vista disk and go to the repair menu. Choose the Command Prompt.

2) Type

bootrec.exe /fixmbr

del C:\boot\bcd

bootrec.exe /rebuildbcd

If your bootloader is screwed this should fix it. It will repair the MBR and then delete and rebuild the BCD (which is pretty obvious from the commands actually ;) ).
August 2, 2009 2:08:57 PM

Thank you Ill do that.