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XP/Vista Dual-boot question

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by NTesla, Sep 19, 2008.

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  1. NTesla

    NTesla Thread Starter

    Sep 19, 2008
    I have a Dell Optiplex GX 260, that I bought used at a thrift store. It has XP installed. my old Toshiba laptop bit the dust, so I decided to transfer my Fry's-bought copy of Vista Ultimate to it. I am not dual-booting in the usual way, I have a seperate SATA drive plugged into a SATA card plugged into my sole PCI slot. I (of course) installed Vista on the SATA drive. I have since changed my mind, and want to remove the SATA drive from the system. (btw, I don't have a copy of XP)

    However, I have now have to keep it as-is, until I can find a way to safely remove the dual boot option. This is a copy of my msconfig file. I suspect that editing it will fix my problem.
    Multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)(0)partition(1)windows=Microsoft windows XP "home edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptOut/sos

    Thank you for any help!

  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Vista doesn't use the boot.ini file for booting, so its contents are only relevant for XP.

    Vista altered the Dell MBR which is not used by other manufacturers. It can't be restored by usual partitioning tools, nor by the XP CD.

    Further information:

    Dell Support
    Dell Restore Partition
    Dell's MBR Code
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