Dual Boot

Discussion in 'Windows Desktop Systems' started by Jewelzz, Dec 20, 2006.

  1. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    My system was dual booting (Vista and XP), the Vista was an early beta and when the key expired I uninstalled and deleted the partition. When I reboot my PC the first partition or OS it wants to start is Vista. I was told to go into my boot.ini and delete the Vista portion but I don't have anything in my boot.ini that refers to Vista. How do I make it so when I reboot my system it doesn't automatically think I have 2 OSs?

    This is what's in my boot.ini
    I've searched for BCDEDIT.exe but can't find it *shrug*
     
  2. NetRyder

    NetRyder Tech Junkie Folding Team

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    If you boot into the XP Recovery Console and run "fixmbr" and "fixboot" it should restore the XP bootloader.
    Here's an old thread about the Recovery Console.
     
  3. American Zombie

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    I would backup important stuff first just in case the OS will not boot afterwards.
     
  4. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    You should delete the "Boot" folder and "bootmgr" file in XPs Main drive ( usually C ) which key in to Vista boot option.
     
  5. kop48

    kop48 OSNN Addict

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    uhhh I wouldn't do that without doing the fixmbr thing first....
     
  6. LordOfLA

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    fixmbr wont get you back to the xp way of booting. Pop your vista DVD in the driver and look in the boot folder in a command prompt. There is a program in there that will set you back to the xp way of booting. Witohut a Vista DVD to hand though I couldn't tell you what its called.
     
  7. kop48

    kop48 OSNN Addict

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    Worked for me (fixmbr, that is)?
     
  8. LordOfLA

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    its more of a YMMV situation, you're better off using the tool MS provide on the Vista DVD :)
     
  9. Tweakfiend

    Tweakfiend OSNN Senior Addict

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    Ah but it works !!
     
  10. LordOfLA

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    no it doesn't it kills your box completely.
     
  11. American Zombie

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    The file is Bootsect.exe located in the boot folder of the DVD.

    The correct way to remove Vista dual boot info can be found in KB919529. Scroll down to the section Removing Windows Vista from a dual-boot configuration.
     
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  13. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    I'm off tomorrow and will look at waht you've all posted, and rep yas :)