Well first of all, it's still in Beta which you probably know. It is not recommended to run the system as your primary OS unless you have a seperate testing machine, wether it be a laptop or desktop, to run it on. This way any problems won't affect any work you need to do. Alternatively to a seperate machine, you could dual-boot with another OS, wether it is 2000/XP, or you could run it as a Virtual Machine. However the ladder will not have desireable affects as you won't get the Aero Glass, and other cool features.
Driver support has gotten better and better with each build. If you notice the details in the new thread that I created, build 5381, the x64 and x86 builds increased in size 800MB and 300MB respectively. Not all of that is drivers, but some of it should be
If you have the allocatable hardware, give it a shot. If nothing else, it's quite an experience
We also have a solid base of users running the latest Betas, so feel free to post questions when you have them, perhaps even from Vista and IE7
I have a totally unrelated question but as it is to do with vista i thought it better to post it here rather than start a new thread.
I need to remove a vista build from a second harddrive, i know i can reformat the whole thing but i would prefer not to do that as i have files on there that i can't move at the moment. Would another way be to just delete it? Or is there a special uninstallation procedure??
with vista still fully installed, boot to your XP installation
go to start -> run and type "c:\boot\fixntfs -xp" (without the quotes) click ok, and reboot the system
when the system reboots you should notice the bootloader has gone
If possible, move the files from the D drive that you want to keep to C for now.
boot back into xp again and go to disk management
select the drive you have vista installed on, right click it and select format.
then, go to windows explorer and delete these files from the root of your xp drive or partition:
right click on 'My Computer',
select properties -> advanced -> startup and recovery settings, and under system startup, make sure that windows xp is selected as the default
If you don't have the fixntfs file, I have attached it to this post.
After doing all this I still had some problems with booting so what i done was to insert my xp disk and go to the recovery console and use the Fixboot c: command to get rid of the last bits of Vista and get XP booting on its own again.
No data will be lost on your c: drive and your current xp configuration with software installed and files saved will not be altered at all.
No, you have to do a complete start from scratch. There isn't an upgrade path from one beta to another. If you get it to install over it, by some freak of nature, you are only asking for problems.
If you get it setup this way, keep the partition seperate for Vista (as in keeping the files you moved with the rest of your stuff). This way, you can blow it away at any time without any regret or effort.
ok, i have purged my D drive of all nessesary data and then i went to carry out the actions as planned typing c:\boot\fixntfs -xp in run just flashed up a black window no option to press ok, then i tried the file you put up as well, and it had the same effct.
restarted, but both boot options still there
earlier version of windows or vista
then tried to go and reformat D drive but it said that i couldn't because it was active and deactiavting it took away the drive so no good there either
wish i had know about vmware before hand
also not all of the boot file names you mentioned where in xp, maybe i'm looking in the wrong place. i found bootsect.bak and a boot folder with a boot skin and a boot screen in it but not boot.bak or boot mgr
This is what is says in the boot folder:
;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
;Warning: Use BCDEDIT.exe to modify Windows Vista boot options.
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT /TUTag=SI306S /Kernel=TUKernel.exe
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (TuneUp Backup)" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT /TUTag=SI306S-BAK
Ep, glad to see you come back and tidy up...did want to ask a one day favor, I want to enhance my resume , was hoping you could make me administrator for a day, if so, take me right off since I won't be here to do anything, and don't know the slightest about the board, but it would be nice putting "served administrator osnn", if can do, THANKS