Bootcode issue - Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Help and Support' started by sn00ky, Jan 19, 2009.

  1. sn00ky

    sn00ky New Member

    Jan 19, 2009
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    Hello Everyone,
    I can no longer boot into vista. After installing backup software that came with my new USB HDD, it hasn't worked.
    Oh, by the way, I do have an operable WinXP OS still working. Dual boot XP / Vista worked fine for months up til the above installation.
    I have been working on this for a while now, and I narrowed it down to being an issue:
    "Could not read the existing boot code from this volume" "No bootcode was successfully updated"
    That is the messege I get when using "bootsect /nt60 blah blah" command in the prompt.
    I have tried using EasyBCD and VistaBootPro, all the same. After using them is when I decided to start doing the steps myself so that I could find why they didn't work.
    I do not have a valid Vista Setup or Recovery CD, so running the startup repair isn't an option for me.

    Thanks for any input!
  2. kemical

    kemical Windows Forum Admin
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    Aug 28, 2007
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    Will it not even boot into safe mode? If you could you might able to use system restore... Although I guess it would be a long shot..

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