Re: Vista repair installation - time? prep?
>>>>I may have to run a Vista "repair/install" and I wonder how long this
>>>>takes? Soon seems best before SP1 is released, so any suggestions/advice
>>>>about how to do this safely will be appreciated.
>>> There is no "repair" install of Vista like there was in XP and other
>>> previous versions. These were basically an overwrite of system files
>>> with the original versions. Vista doesn't install as an overwrite, but
>>> rather as an image, so that type of "repair" install isn't possible. So,
>>> the reinstall time is basically the same as the original install time,
>>> anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 1/2 hours depending on the system. Backup
>>> any data you wish to save before beginning.
>> Thanks for the reply. Let me explain more specifically what I want to do
>> and see if it's possible. I'm currently dual booting XP and Vista. The
>> XP install has gotten flaky over time and I want to wipe the partition
>> and install it fresh. The problem is installing XP is going to break the
>> dual-booting arrangement, and I thought the solution was to use the Vista
>> DVD to repair the MBR. Is this correct? If not how can I make this
> Ok, I understand what you're asking and yes, you have it correct.
> Reinstalling XP will break the Vista-based bootloader, so after
> reinstalling XP you will need to load the Vista DVD and run a startup
> repair (a very different operation than a repair install). If you run into
> trouble with this (and very few do), you can also use Vistabootpro (free
> from vistabootpro.org) to fix the bootloader.
> Best of Luck,
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
Thanks for confirming the process!