Regrettably, I am coming to this forum after several hours of research.
Here's the skinny;
Following the BT wiki, I dual booted Win Vista and BT 5r3. After some time, I was unable to boot into Vista. After a system restore (still having BT installed on my HD), I decided to remove the BT dual-boot and just use Vista as my primary OS, as I need it for work.
After deleting the BT partitions, upon reboot I have the GRUB rescue CLI. Only two commands work. ls, and set. At least that is all I can make work.
I did not delete any NFTS partitions. I am, ohwever, positive that the GRUB loader was somehow bled into my win partition.
So now, I am left with the GRUB rescue CLI, with "no partition found".
I do not have any vista disc, as my laptop did not come with one. upon pressing f11 at startup, I get no result and still default to the GRUB rescue command line.
I work from home, and I must get back into VISTA, as it has all of my programs and files for work.
I will admit, regrettably, I dual booted BT/Vista without any prior knowledge of the Linux OS, or pentesting in general. Now I'm stuck.
All other machines I own are running Ubuntu, making any sort of ISO boot impossible to download or use.
I am hoping I can recover Vista, so I can continue my home-based job as opposed to working out of office.
Any help or suggestion is more than greatly appreciated.
I am also sorry to post this within these forums, but I have no other alternative.
Mounted the HD from the live CD and got into the GRUB CLI, and have to boot from that each time
Occasionally vista just keeps restarting, but for the most part it boots just fine.
grub> chainloader (hd0,1)+1
So now, I guess the real question is how am I able to remove the GRUB bootloader without any installation disc? I have not been able to find an answer to this after a few days of research.