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Delete Vista Boot Loader!

Postby Walter B » Tue May 16, 2006 1:37 pm

I notice on the Change Settings tab, Advanced, there is an option to "Delete Vista Boot Loader!" This sounds dangerous to me. What happens?

I'm interested because I have Vista dual booting with XP on this machine. If I delete the Vista Boot Loader, does that mean I can use a 3rd party boot manager, such as BootItNG to dual boot?
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Postby kd1966 » Tue May 16, 2006 1:46 pm

Walter B - If you plan on KEEPING your Vista install, DON'T TOUCH THAT BUTTON!! As far as I know, there are no 3rd party boot managers that take the place of the Vista bootmanager. VistaBootPRO is merely a better way to manage your entries in the Vista bootmanager, but not taking its place.

The use of the button to delete your Vista boot loader is when you are DELETING your Vista install for whatever reasons you have
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Postby JabbaPapa » Tue May 16, 2006 1:50 pm

Hmmm ... might be a good idea to have a warning pop-up after that button is pressed :question
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Postby Grav!ty » Tue May 16, 2006 1:52 pm

It is dangerous Walter B and deleting the Vista Boot Loader results in just that - it being deleted. If one mouses over that button then one gets a warning followed by a prompt to make sure that is what you want to do

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Cancelling the action results in another humourous prompt :lol:

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Whether or not one is then able to pull the Vista installation into BootItNG I don't know but I doubt it

Very good question actually and I'm going to split your post to its own thread so that it gets the attention it deserves.
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Postby Walter B » Tue May 16, 2006 2:03 pm

Thank you, all. To be sure, I won't touch that dial!
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Postby Walter B » Tue May 16, 2006 6:08 pm

OK, now to propose a scenario:
My setup
XP installed on partition 1 HD0
then, Vista installed on partition 1 HD1
So, now I have dual boot.

Query?
If I no longer wish to work with the current build of Vista, can I delete the Vista Boot Loader and still boot to the XP partition?

If so, then the plan is to do that, format the old Vista partition, then install a newer build of Vista.
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Postby Grav!ty » Tue May 16, 2006 6:11 pm

The best method to use is Point 3 of this guide

HOW TO: REMOVE WINDOWS VISTA FROM YOUR SYSTEM
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Postby Walter B » Tue May 16, 2006 6:16 pm

well, the easiest way is to format drive X:\ where Vista is, then press "Delete Vista Bootloader"

Yes, you can still boot xp after doing so just fine :)


I'll take your advice. Thanks.
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Postby Walter B » Tue May 16, 2006 6:24 pm

well, the easiest way is to format drive X:\ where Vista is, then press "Delete Vista Bootloader"


That means that VistaBootPro needs to be on the XP partition?
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Postby kd1966 » Tue May 16, 2006 6:53 pm

To run it from XP, yes, you would install VistaBootPRO on the XP partition, much like you would install any other program in XP

But you can run it from the Vista drive. You can even delete the vista bootloader from Vista, then restart into XP and format the drive from there.
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