I need major help!

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by alexma63, Dec 31, 2006.

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    alexma63 Guest

    I want to remove vista! Badly im so frusterated. Could someone help me please.

    Much appriciated,Alex
    alexma63, Dec 31, 2006
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    Kerry Brown Guest

    The only way to remove Vista is to format the partition and/or drive and
    install a different OS. What was your previous OS? Do you have the install
    Kerry Brown, Dec 31, 2006
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    Rick Rogers Guest

    Hi Alex,

    It's not that difficult. Boot the system with an XP or Linux CD (or other OS
    media of choice) and run setup. Delete the existing system partition and
    create a new one from the free space, format and proceed with the
    installation. Be aware that this process removes all data currently on that
    volume/partition, so backup anything you want to keep first.

    Before you ask, no, there is no downgrading or uninstalling back to XP or
    other OS. Removal requires the above steps (the deletion and recreation of
    the system volume is important due to subtle changes in NTFS used by Vista
    that cause problems if you try to install XP to it).

    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
    Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
    Rick Rogers, Dec 31, 2006
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    John Barnes Guest

    No one can help with no information.
    How are you set up. How did you install Vista. Do you have a backup of XP
    before you updated it or overwrote the partition. If you have Vista on your
    only partition and you want to go back to XP, use the backup or install CD
    and delete the Vista partition when asked where to install and create a new
    primary partition and format it (preferably NTFS) and then complete the XP
    install. Anything more will require real specifics as to what you did and
    what you have now.
    John Barnes, Dec 31, 2006
  5. <grin>

    I mentioned these "subtle" changes in the Vista partitioning and the NTFS
    file system 4-5 months ago and was soundly beaten down by almost everyone.

    Yet the fact remains - Partition Magic 8.01 can NOT work with partitions
    created by Vista.

    If there were no changes, PM would work just fine.



    Richard Urban
    Microsoft MVP Windows Shell/User
    (For email, remove the obvious from my address)

    Quote from George Ankner:
    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!
    Richard Urban, Dec 31, 2006
  6. Those changes are also the reason why the third party defraggers took a
    while to get out a Vista version. The last adjustment to NTFS was between
    RC2 and rtm.
    Colin Barnhorst, Dec 31, 2006
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    mikeyhsd Guest

    if you did an upgrade from a previous OS, it should be listed in Add/Remove, just uninstall it. and PRAY for good results.
    otherwise, format the hard drive and re-install the OS of choice.

    I want to remove vista! Badly im so frusterated. Could someone help me please.

    Much appriciated,Alex
    mikeyhsd, Dec 31, 2006
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