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ecbuck

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I attempted to load Vista but it has failed partially through the process. Now I am left with a boot manager allowing (very briefly) for a choice between my original XP install and the non-working Vista, which of course is the default.

How do I uninstall the partial installation of Vista and get rid of the initial boot option.
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Just reformat over the partition and you will get rid of it and you can leave it or try to reisntall.
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Did it automatically create a new parition? I didn't, it didn't ask for one and as far as I know there was no space for one.
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Confirmed. No new partition. Vista files put into directory $windows~bt. BCD boot manager installed. It appears I need to get rid of BCD and get the machine to boot using boot.ini once again. Then I can just delete the $windows~bt directory.

BTW, the one time theSystem Recovery option came up on a Vista page, it generated an error.
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To remove the boot loader, start your pc with recovery console using an xp cd and run

fixboot

have it overwrite the boot sector, and you will be back to boot.ini
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Thanks Gerry - That did the trick.
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