46. Remove Windows Vista From Dual Boot
Windows Vista works slightly different from
earlier versions of Windows when installed on a dual
boot system, in that it has a completely different
When Windows Vista is first installed as a dual
boot operating system a new boot folder is added to
the root directory of your PC. This is a hidden file
and therefore is not noticed. When you boot your PC
a menu appears with the following options:
- Earlier versions of Windows.
- Windows Vista.
Clicking the Windows Vista option will boot the
PC into Windows Vista. If, however, you select the
earlier versions of Windows option, another menu
will appear from which you can choose Windows XP or
whatever earlier version - Windows 2000 or Windows
2003 server - you installed first.
Because of this new boot loader it is no as easy
to remove Vista from a dual boot system scenario.
Simply deleting the Vista partition will, of course,
remove Windows Vista, but, unfortunately, it will
not remove the Windows Vista boot loader. For this
reason, if you simply delete the Windows Vista
partition, on rebooting your machine you will not
automatically boot into Windows XP (or an earlier
version). Instead you will once again be presented
with a menu from which you have to choose which
operating system you wish to boot to.
Obviously, once you have removed the boot loader
and rebooted the Vista operating system will still
be on the partition you originally installed it on.
To remove Vista completely you will need to Delete
the partition that Windows Vista was installed upon.
To remove this menu, or more to the point, the
boot loader, proceed as follows:
1/ Boot the PC to Windows Vista.
2/ Ensure you are logged onto the
Internet and then download the
shareware boot loader utility
If you don't want to buy Vistabootpro you can always
download a similar freeware product
3/ Once you have downloaded VistaBootPro,
install it on your machine.
4/ During Install VistaBootPro
will install an icon on your
5/ Locate the VistaBootPro icon
and Right Clickon it. Then, from
the drop down menu, Click on the
Run As Administrator option.
6/ User Account Control (UAC)
will pop up and ask for permission to run the
7/ After you have given UAC
permission - you must be the administrator
or have administrator privileges - VistaBootPro will
8/ Once VistaBootPro opens, Click on the
9/ In the Bootloader Maintenance section,
Click on the Radio button next to
the option marked Uninstall the Vista
Bootloader (Used to restore Legacy OS)
option and then Click the Apply
10/ Finally Reboot your PC.
11/ On rebooting your machine
you will boot directly into Windows XP (or an
earlier operating system). No menu will appear.
12/ All that is left to do now is to
delete the partition which originally
contained Windows Vista. (Assuming you wish to
remove the Vista partition from your hard drive).