I bought a refurbished Dell Optiplex 960 and it came with Vista installed, no disks. I had trouble using Vista so I installed a dual boot with WinXP. Then months later I wanted to regain the space Vista was using on the C partition, so without considering it closely I deleted the Vista Windows folder. I didn't have a Vista installation disk so I didn't think I could have uninstalled it the proper way.
Months later...the C partition is still named OSDisk (C:) in My Computer. WinXP is on E: partition, both these on one hard drive. This hard drive is showing signs of failure (I also have a second hard drive) so I removed the 2nd hard drive and replaced it with a new formatted hard drive I recently bought. Then I tried to clone the first hard drive to the 2nd hard drive using Casper 3.0. This cloning failed in the middle of the transfer of OSDisk (C:). And from the error report it looks like there were a lot of references to missing files. I'm guessing this is because I had deleted the Vista Windows folder.
I think I need to find a way to completely remove all Windows Vista references from this OSDisk (C:) partition. I'm flying blind here since I know nothing about Windows Vista. Do I need to get a Windows Vista installation disk(s) and run an uninstall, and will it be successful even though I deleted the Vista Windows folder? Or is there another way to do this that someone could suggest? I'd appreciate any ideas...