XP and Vista Dual Boot - How To Remove Vista


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Guest

I want to experiment with Vista on my XP (current C: drive) computer. I am
using Acronis to make a partition for Vista. After experimenting with Vista I
want to be able to delete either the XP or Vista drive. If I elect to get rid
of XP, how do I do that so Vista becomes the default drive on C:? My
understanding is that the Vista boot manager (BCD) will record the presence
of 2 OS’s (Vista and XP) and will take over boot operations from the XP boot
manager. and that whichever drive I boot to- Vista or XP- will see itself as
C: and the other as D:. How do I delete the XP partition and format it for
use within Vista? When I do delete XP, my understanding is that the Vista
boot manager will still give the option of booting to an unbootable and not
present XP volume. How do I use BCDedit to fix this issue?

Hope I am clear. Many thanks in advance
 
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D

Don

jcoane said:
I want to experiment with Vista on my XP (current C: drive) computer. I am
using Acronis to make a partition for Vista.

Very important! Make sure you are using only the very latest version of
Acronis to create and format the Vista partition. Earlier versions were
not Vista-aware, and will cause you trouble. The Acronis website will
let you update to the latest for free.
After experimenting with Vista I
want to be able to delete either the XP or Vista drive. If I elect to get rid
of XP, how do I do that so Vista becomes the default drive on C:? My
understanding is that the Vista boot manager (BCD) will record the presence
of 2 OS’s (Vista and XP) and will take over boot operations from the XP boot
manager. and that whichever drive I boot to- Vista or XP- will see itself as
C: and the other as D:. How do I delete the XP partition and format it for
use within Vista? When I do delete XP, my understanding is that the Vista
boot manager will still give the option of booting to an unbootable and not
present XP volume. How do I use BCDedit to fix this issue?

VistaBootPRO is a gui front-end for BCD which makes the task trivial.
It's truly not a big deal at all:
http://www.vistabootpro.org/
 
G

Guest

Yes, I am using Acronis 10.0.














Yes, I am using Acronis 10.0. which I believe is the latest.

What commands do I use in vista Boot Pro. Don't know the program.

Again, thanks in advance.

J.
 
D

Don

jcoane said:
Yes, I am using Acronis 10.0. which I believe is the latest.

Careful, only Build 2160 is Vista aware.
What commands do I use in vista Boot Pro. Don't know the program.

There is an icon for Manage OS Entries which will let you
delete the entry for Older Versions of Windows. Very easy.
 
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...winston

Installing Vista as the second o/s will do as you suspect...replace XP's boot process with Vista's boot loader. It will also place the bootloader on the XP drive.
Some would suggest that if you choose to do away with XP, wipe both drives, create one or additional partitions and clean install Vista. All this can be done with the full version Vista cd.


:I want to experiment with Vista on my XP (current C: drive) computer. I am
: using Acronis to make a partition for Vista. After experimenting with Vista I
: want to be able to delete either the XP or Vista drive. If I elect to get rid
: of XP, how do I do that so Vista becomes the default drive on C:? My
: understanding is that the Vista boot manager (BCD) will record the presence
: of 2 OS’s (Vista and XP) and will take over boot operations from the XP boot
: manager. and that whichever drive I boot to- Vista or XP- will see itself as
: C: and the other as D:. How do I delete the XP partition and format it for
: use within Vista? When I do delete XP, my understanding is that the Vista
: boot manager will still give the option of booting to an unbootable and not
: present XP volume. How do I use BCDedit to fix this issue?
:
: Hope I am clear. Many thanks in advance
 

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