How can I remove XP from my dual boot? RRS feed

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  • Hey guys,


    I currently have XP SP2 and Vista SP1 installed in Dual Boot on my computer in separate partitions. All I want to do is remove XP and thus prevent the boot screen appearing when I turn on my computer. How can I do this easily, and with NO problems? Thank You, Lambros

    Wednesday, April 2, 2008 10:56 AM


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  • Hi,


    The following websites can be helpful:



    Please Note: Since the websites are not hosted by Microsoft, the links may change without notice. Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy of this information.


    Hope it helps.


    Tim Quan - MSFT


    Thursday, April 3, 2008 4:01 AM
  •  Hey guys, I'll try to make the long story short.


    I changed Vista to a primary partition, so now, I had 2 primary partitions. However, the boot files were still in XP. I then opened EasyBCD. From here it asked if I wanted to fix the boot files or something along those lines. Well, as most would, I clicked YES. From here I restarted my computer (laptop). Then, It came up with the TOSHIBA sign, then it said that BOOMGR was missing.


    This is where I freaked out. I tried to use DOS, system restore, and the thing in REPAIR that fixes Windows files from the Vista DVD. None worked. Finally, I deleted the XP partition. Then, I installed Vista on the current Vista partition. I will access non-backuped files from windows.old folder. Windows Vista is currently installing on that laptop.


    My question is....will Windows Vista create new boot files in the installation?






    Thursday, April 3, 2008 9:39 AM

    Hi Lambros,


    The Windows Vista boot process differs from Windows XP in the way that operating system is located and initialized. Startup begins with the BIOS loading the Master Boot Record (MBR) on the bootable disk, as defined by the boot order configured in the BIOS. The MBR in turn loads the Partition Boot Record (PBR) on the active partition. So far Windows Vista remains relatively unchanged.  


    Windows Vista is different from XP starting by the fact that the PBR code written by Windows Vista no longer looks for NTLDR. The new boot loader in Windows Vista is BOOTMGR. This is the component which loads the Boot Configuration Database (BCD), which, in turn, loads the OS loader boot application, Winload.exe. Finally, Winload.exe initializes the Windows Vista kernel.


    For more information about BCD, you can refer to the following site:


    Hope it helps.


    Tim Quan - MSFT

    Wednesday, April 9, 2008 9:37 AM
  • Hi Peeps,
    I am a total newbie at forums etc so please don't ask me any follow up questions as I can almost guarantee I don't know the answer BUT...

    I did successfully remove XP from my C: Drive
    even though VISTA told me that I couldn't because it was needed.

    This is how i did it...
    In VISTA (which was mostly based on D: Drive) i explored C: Drive, I then manually deleted all the contents of C: Drive.
    The computer kicked up quite a fuss, constantly asking me to confirm these actions, and then reconfirm them.
    It looked like it was going to be an eternal loop so just about when I felt I had done enough damage to the C: Drive
    I pulled the battery out of the laptop!

    I then restarted the computer using the VISTA installation disk, you know, the bit where it says "Press any key to boot from disk..."

    This process worked for me and I no longer get asked which operating system I want to use when I turn the computer on.
    A little unorthodox method I'm sure you'll agree, but I hope it helps you out.

    Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:09 AM