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kjaved8
01-29-2014,
Well, I seem to have really done it this time...



Background: I have a split" drive. :/C & :/D. I used to be set up so that C and D were completely mirrored. This was "disconnected" a while ago. Now :/C is where all my program files, etc. are stored. D is just extra.



The Problem: I was trying to speed up my machine... went through a host of things, including uninstalling some programs. Perhaps I uninstalled somethign I shouldn't have.



Now, none of my office programs (Outlook, excel, etc.) work... when I click to launch, I get "Windows Installer not working."



I read that I needed to repair Vista. Pulled out the disc, inserted and rebooted. It walked me through a process to install the OS (didn't see anything about repairing it.) Since I did not have enough room on the :/C drive, I figured I'd just try it on the :/D. Now C & D are switched, and I don't see any of my programs in the Start Up menu. And ALL my settings have been lost.



How do I go back to the previous configuration? Then what do I do to repair the windows installer?

kjaved8
02-04-2014,
Since this is a partitioned drive - in theory, I should simply be able to make my c partition the active partition once again, and will have at least gone back to my original set up.



Will I lose data switching back to the other partition?

IanDraisey
02-10-2014,
Technet article about disekpart : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766465%28v=ws.10%29.aspx



You could try running diskpart from the command prompt and select disk 0. Then list partition, and select the appropriate partition for the original install. Then enter active, and you should be back to an active C: drive with your original install.

The link below is a standalone installer for windows installer 4.5 , which hopefully does not require a working windows installer to function as it is an executable file.





http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=8483