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Uninstalling Vista RC1 from seperate Hard Drive ???

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I have two hard drives on my computer and I installed Vista onto one of them. I formatted that hard drive as I wanted to uninstall Vista but when starting up my computer it still shows the 'choose OS' screen.
How can I get rid of this screen?

p.s. I have already gone to the msconfig screen and checked all the boot paths, it says everything's correct. I think this might be because I installed Vista on a seperate H drive ??
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JohnWill said:
Right click on My Computer, Properties, Advanced, and click the Startup and Recovery button. You can pick the default O/S there and then uncheck the "Time to display list of operating systems" box, the prompt will be gone. You can also click the Edit button and remove the line that references the Vista copy from the BOOT.INI file.
Thank you for your replies, I am running Windows XP media Centre Edition. I tried doing all of the above but it still goes to the 'select OS screen' at startup. I havn't got my XP CD with me at the moment so I'll try that when I get it..

XP is installed on Drive C and Vista was installed on Drive D

Any other ideas ?
saikee said:
I run Vista but didn't use its boot loader in the MBR. I read somewhere about MS changed the boot loader in Vista. If this is the case then NTLDR of XP may has been overpowered, or the user does not realise it is the same screen used by XP.

The fixmbr should restore XP back.
I'm sorry, I don't understand this.. I'm clueless.. !

This is what you want I think...

;Warning: Boot.ini is used on Windows XP and earlier operating systems.
[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /NOEXECUTE=OPTIN /FASTDETECT
saikee said:

That is a XP's own boot.ini that should remian operational after the removal of Vista, right?

Why do you suddenly want to remove it? People normally specify the timeout, which is currently set to 0, so short that it just flashes in a split second before booting up XP.
Even though it's set to O the timeout is still 30seconds when you boot up and the default OS is still Vista.
davehc said:
Have you tried my suggestion, Sisalto? I don't see why it would have failed!
Yes, I just tried it and it worked!! (Though my comp is slower than ever)

Thanks a lot guys!! - Best Christmas gift yet, well sorta ... ! :D

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