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Removing VISTA.

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by renegade X, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. renegade X

    renegade X Thread Starter

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    Hi all. I have VISTA dual booted with XP. I only wanted to use VISTA so I can play Halo2. After hearing about Halo2's issues, I decided to not get the game. That being said, I will wait a few years. SO here is my question. Do I have to go to the recovery console to remove the boot option for VISTA? Or is there a simple modification similar to the boot.ini? I looked around the "boot" folder, but nothing seemed to be editable.
     
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    When logged into XP ->My computer->Rightclick->Properties->Advanced Tab->Startup and recovery frame ->click settings->under system startup frame->click edit->

    It will open in notepad and will look like this:
    [boot loader]
    timeout=3
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Vista" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    Remove the last line (or the line where Vista appears). also change the default= option at the top and make sure you change the partition number to that of XP.Or simply said, copy the XP line before = (eg. multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS) and then place it after default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.
    Save it and you are done.
     
  3. uhaligani

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    I don't think that will work. Vista does not startup with the boot.ini, which you are showing here. Better to download a program such as VistaBootPro and use that to remove the bootmng, which is the program Vista is usuing for its dual boot set up.
    If you have a bootable XP cd, then you can do this:

    1) Insert the Bootable XP cd & boot into the recovery console.(you have to set the 1st boot device as CD-ROM in BIOS)
    press R in that welcome screen to enter the windows recovery console.
    2) in the recovery console type in
    fixboot c:
    Say Y

    next type in

    fixmbr
    Say "Y"

    4) Restart the system


    You have now removed the Vista Loader...
    So
    Boot into XP Operating system

    1.Right click on my computer -->properties

    2.Advanced-->startup & recovery settings-->

    3. Choose the primary XP operating system & set the timeout as 0


    Delete any vista files manually from the windows explorer from XP. (Or reformat)
     
  4. renegade X

    renegade X Thread Starter

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    Correct, it will not work. And yes I know how to use the recovery console, but I want a faster method for future reference. There is a way, but I can not find it. It was a file named fixntfs.exe or something, but I see nothing in the "boot" folder. Anyone know?
     
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    You can install the recovery console on you XP partition. I do not think much could then be quicker, but maybe some reader will pop up with a suggestion.
     
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    The solution I was looking for can only be done in a 64 bit environment, so I guess the recovery console is the only option. :mad:
     
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