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Removing VISTA from dual Vista/XP installation on a Vista based comput


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sam321

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Hi all,

I have 3 questions.

Here is my situation :

1/ I have a Vista x64 based computer (Vista is installed on C: drive)
2/ I installed XP Pro x64 on the D: drive
3/ My HDD looks like this :

¦------------------------------------------¦--------------------------------------------¦--------------------------------------¦----------------------------------------¦
¦dell system partition (78mb) ¦ dell recovery partition (13gb) ¦ Vista on C: drive (200gb) ¦ XP Pro on D: drive (250gb) ¦
¦------------------------------------------¦--------------------------------------------¦--------------------------------------¦----------------------------------------¦

Please note that the dell system partition (78mb) and dell recovery partition (13gb) are hidden and don't really bother me as they are tiny.

Now, XP pro x64 works perfectly, I have no need of Vista anymore, I want to remove it. But, I've done some research and I found this :

source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529

"Important:
You can only delete the partition where Windows Vista is installed if that partition is the non-active partition on the system. For example, consider the following scenario:

- Windows Vista is installed on drive C. Drive C is partition 1 and is the active partition.
- Windows XP is installed on the drive D. Drive D is partition 2 and is the non-active partition.

In this scenario, you can run the bootsect command, but you cannot delete the partition where Windows Vista is installed. If you delete this partition, the computer is put into a non-bootable state because Windows XP boot files are deleted."

As I see it, on my system, Windows Vista is installed on drive C. Drive C is partition 1 and is the active partition.

My questions :

1/ Am I right about Vista being installed the active partition ?

2/ If yes, is there anyway to delete the Vista partition (or just reformat it) without losing XP Pro ?

3/ If I cannot delete the partition, can I just delete all files in the C: drive (no reformat) without losing XP Pro ?

Thank you in advance for your answers.

Sam
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