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    Dual boot undo (Home Premium SP-1)

    I attempted to set a Vista computer up as a dual boot computer with two versions of Vista with different but overlapping sets of programs on the two systems. This was a bad idea with false assumptions, and I would like to get rid of the dual boot startup.

    I have a ShadowProtect image made immediately prior to my making the relatively recent change, but if there is an easy way to do it I would be happy to hear it. Someone in another forum started talking about command line options in Vista, but that left me up in the air. VistaBoot Pro is the program I used to get into the mess in the first place.

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    Re: Dual boot undo (Home Premium SP-1)

    I would think that you can use Vista Boot Pro to get OUT of the situation you're in. I did it once, back when I first installed Vista as my second OS, but I don't know what your situation will be if BOTH of the dual boot options are Vista. I simply told VBP to boot only XP and it did that nicely. I don't remember which of the VBP screens it was on unfortunately.

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    Re: Dual boot undo (Home Premium SP-1)

    In VistaBoot Pro in the "Manage OS Entries", he should see both Vista systems listed. Simply click on the one which is to be removed and click on the red "X" on the right. That will remove the OS from BCD Registry. From there it should be simply a matter of formatting the partition.

    CAVEAT.... not sure but if both of these systems are on the same drive, it may be the case that they share the Registry. I once read that you should never install the same OS more than once on the same drive for that reason, since removing one effectively removes the shared Registry thus effectively making the remaining system useless/unusable. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>
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