Dual Boot With 1 OS


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P Jasak

Running XP and installed Vista Beta on a different partition. Dual boot
worked fine but I got tired of that so I wiped the Vista partition.
Planned on installing over the XP install. Went into msconfig/boot.ini
and there was only the single boot path showing. When I boot up I still
get the dual boot screen defaulting to Vista. How do I get rid of the
old Vista path? Want to clean it up before installing it again.

Thanks
 
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John John

The Vista boot manager does not use ntldr and boot.ini, here is one
method that you can use to fix things.

While you are booted to Windows XP stick the Vista DVD in the drive and
then, from a Command Prompt, navigate to the boot folder on the Vista
DVD. Then, from that location, issue the following command:

bootsect /nt52 C:

That will return the ntldr boot loader to drive C: If the MBR that you
want to change is on another drive change the letter accordingly. For
help on the command do:

bootsect /help

John

PS: Possibly the boot folder and bootsect utility are on the hard drive
and you can run it from that location instead of from the DVD.
 
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Bruce Chambers

P said:
Running XP and installed Vista Beta on a different partition. Dual boot
worked fine but I got tired of that so I wiped the Vista partition.
Planned on installing over the XP install. Went into msconfig/boot.ini
and there was only the single boot path showing. When I boot up I still
get the dual boot screen defaulting to Vista. How do I get rid of the
old Vista path? Want to clean it up before installing it again.

Thanks


The Vista installation will have "set aside" WinXP's system files
(Boot.ini, NTLDR, and NTDetect.com) in favor of its own, completely
different boot manager. This new boot manager requires the use of
BCDEdit, and is far from user friendly.

Boot Configuration Data in Windows Vista
download.microsoft.com/download/a/f/7/af7777e5-7dcd-4800-8a0a-b18336565f5b/BCD.doc

I strongly recommend that you download and install VistaBootPRO
from http://www.pro-networks.org. This utility can be installed to both
the Vista and WinXP operating systems, and provides a convenient means
of editing the boot process, as well as simplifying the removal of the
Vista boot process, should you tire of dual-booting.


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