I accidentally moved my Vista partition, after which it no longer booted. This is a multi-boot laptop, with Windows 7 and Windows XP. Both operating systems don't boot either.

The vexing thing is that I can see the partition with a Linux-based rescue USB - Hiren's BootCD, using GParted - but not with Hiren's BootCD when using MiniXP.

I've used Vista's Recovery ISO but it didn't work.

My questions:

  1. Is there a Windows-based rescue CD/USB that might see the moved/damaged partition?

  2. Is there a way to repair the Vista partition to make it boot again?

1 Answer 1


Windows install media (DVD/USB) should have recovery tools to re-write the MBR. I imagine you will want the one from your latest OS (Vista)

  • Windows install media? that doesn't get shipped any more. ====================================== So what other software is good, when it comes to restoring the MBR? Nov 11, 2016 at 1:51
  • I'd find one. or take 30 seconds out of your day to search for an alternate solution
    – user657451
    Nov 14, 2016 at 0:45

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