Someone I know is having a problem with booting their Windows 8/8.1 system. I'm assuming the boot /fixboot (and maybe boot /fixmbr) command will be able to solve the problem, but I don't have a Windows 8 disk myself. The only Windows installation disk I have is that of Vista. So I was just wondering whether I should be able to use it to repair this friends Windows 8 system? Thanks in advance! :)

EDIT: Both the Vista installation disk and the system I'm attempting to repair are 64-bit so there should be no compatibility issue. I should also add that I don't currently have the machine I'm talking about, it will be brought to me in a couple of days so I thought I'd ask here just to be sure.

  • Most of the tools should work, so yes. So what do you plan to do? What exactly are you trying to repair? – Moab May 10 '16 at 17:08
  • The WinRE version that Windows Vista would use is an entirely different version then the WinRE version that Windows 8.1 uses. No; You cannot use a WIndows Vista installation to repair Windows 8.1 installation. Just use a Windows 8.1 Installation disk to repair the installation. – Ramhound May 10 '16 at 17:31
  • @Ramhound depends on the type of repair, this disc will load all tools, I have done it. They clearly stated they do not have the needed W8 disc. – Moab May 10 '16 at 17:37
  • I suppose my comment stims from the fact, I have never actually been sucessful in repairing an Windows installation with the WinRE and have found that nearly 100% of the time if my system is not booting its because of the HDD that has failed. – Ramhound May 10 '16 at 17:40

No you can not use vista installation disk to repair Windows 8.1 system. But you can use Advanced Startup option.

steps for advanced stratup:

  1. Tap or click on the Start button.

Note: In Windows 8, Swipe from the right to open the charms bar. Tap or click Change PC settings. Choose Update and recovery from the list on the left (or General prior to Windows 8.1), then choose Recovery. Skip down to Step 5.

  1. Tap or click on Settings.

  2. Tap or click on the Update & security icon, near the bottom of the window.

  3. Choose Recovery from the list of options on the left of the UPDATE & SECURITY window.

  4. Locate Advanced startup, at the bottom of the list of options on your right.

  5. Tap or click on Restart now.

  6. Wait through the Please wait message until Advanced Startup Options opens.

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