Vista error after hardware upgrade

By fox_iacmnf ·
I have vista and xp dualbooted on separate hard drives. On the drive with vista, it is partitioned in half, with one half being vista, and the other containing important data that I cannot lose. I can access the data on the non Vista partition.

Recently, my CPU died, and I had to upgrade my motherboard, CPU, and memory. Now, only xp will load. After POST, when the OS boot menu loads, Vista give me an error and says it is with the winload.exe file. I tried to delete the partition containing vista, i tried to format the partition, and also tried to reinstall vista. Now, it does the same thing, and there is a duplicate vista entry in the boot menu. Any solutions would be much appreciated, as I cannot find one after googling extensively.

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Hardware dependancy

by tintoman In reply to Vista error after hardwar ...

When you install an operating system it becomes hardware dependant, so changing the CPU, motherboard and memory will cause the operating system to fail to load.
You will need to effectively repair both your Vista and XP installations by booting this machine from the installation CD and DVD
And selecting the option to repair.
You will also need to re enter the licence key numbers during this process.
If your boot screen is showing 2 vista installations they will be entries in the XP boot.ini file but should be fixed during the repair anyway.

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