Help - Uninstalling Vista from a dual boot setup

By damienb
Oct 14, 2009
  1. Hi all,

    Just looking for some advise on the above.

    Currently running a dual boot setup with Vista and XP. The machine has three hard disks, a 750GB, a 500GB and a 250GB. The 750GB runs Vista, the 500GB runs XP and the 250GB is just used as extra space for either OS.

    What I want to do is just remove Vista completely. Is this just a case of formatting the 750GB drive? Will this remove the boot menu at startup though?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks.

  2. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Ok please answer these:

    1. Is your Vista your first boot drive?
    2. Can you boot your 500Gb if you set it as first boot drive?
  3. damienb

    damienb TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 55

    Hmm... Not sure on that.

    I installed XP first as usual on the 500GB though.

    Is there an easy way to tell?
  4. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    Change your bios setting and choose 500Gb as your first boot.
  5. WinXPert

    WinXPert TS Guru Posts: 445

    If XP boots its easy as deleting the Vista entry on your boot.ini.

    Start | Run | CMD
    attrib -s -h -r boot.ini

    notepad boot.ini /edit and save

    attrib +s +h +r boot.ini

    That's it!!!
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