Tip: easily recovery XP booting after removing Vista from a dual-boot

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Mark \(MCP\), Mar 11, 2007.

  1. Mark \(MCP\)

    Mark \(MCP\) Guest

    I installed Vista on my laptop (Gateway MX6920) as a dual boot with XP.
    Windows XP Pro SP2 exists in the first partition and Vista (did) exist in
    the second partiton. After seeing the Windows Experience Index showing 2.0
    and then 2.1 ratings, I decided to remove Vista as the performance was
    horrible. This is also after installing all Vista drivers available from
    Gateway for this laptop including a BIOS upgrade, no difference.

    There are users wanting to know how remove the Vista Boot Loader (and MBR)
    when Vista has been removed from the dual boot setup to allow them to boot
    in to XP.

    I had the Windows XP Recovery Console installed before installing Vista. I
    always install the recovery console on my systems, it has helped in several
    unfortunate situations in the past. The advantage of having this install is
    it allows to easiliy remove Vista's boot manager and MBR.

    Boot in the XP Recovery Console and do:


    and restart the computer (type exit to restart from the recovery console).
    Using XP's Disk Management to remove the Vista partition.
    Mark \(MCP\), Mar 11, 2007
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  2. Mark \(MCP\)

    smackaddict Guest

    I have xp mce, booted from xp disc no problem, loaded scsi drivers,my
    laptop has two hdd, got to recovery and it asked for pword, which there
    is none, so I hit enter as in the past but it wanted pword, 3rd time it
    locked me out.
    smackaddict, Mar 3, 2008
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