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    Vista UNinstall procedure?

    QUESTION: I have Vista RC1 on DVD and have planned to install it on its own separate partition on the same HDD that XP is currently installed on. The installation procedure sounds straight forward, but my reluctance in installing it is in regard to its removal/uninstallation.

    I have read that because of Vista's unique boot loader when Vista is uninstalled from a setup as described above, there is something "special" that must be done in order to restore the "boot.ini" file to its original configuration so that XP will be able to bootup normally.

    1) I've read through this article: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=919529, but suffered from a mental block and I can't seem to grasp the required routine.

    2) Someone else recommended that you have to extract a file from the Vista DVD and do something with it which he didn't enumerate:

    <blockquote><hr>Essentially, you run a program called bootsect.exe in the boot directory on the Windows Vista DVD to restore the Windows XP bootloader. For example if your DVD drive is drive G:

    G:BootBootsect.exe
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    Re: Vista UNinstall procedure?

    This is how you do it.

    How to clean the Vista install.
    Step by step.

    1. Boot to XP
    2. go to a CMD prompt ( start > run > type cmd and press OK (or run)
    3. in cmd window type

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    Re: Vista UNinstall procedure?

    Thanks Dave . . . that is exactly what I needed. Now I have no excuse to not install Vista and give it a whirl. It's unfortunate that there is so little information available re: uninstalling Vista properly and some information out there is even more unfortunately in error.

    Now, it's play time! <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/dance2.gif>

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    Re: Vista UNinstall procedure?

    This needs to be done between each BUILD so I have had a lot of practice <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>.

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    Re: Vista UNinstall procedure?

    Well, Vista is installed and working fine. Lots to learn with all the new features and layout. So far, I'm impressed. <IMG SRC=http://www.the-highway.com/Smileys/BigThumbUp.gif>

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    Re: Vista UNinstall procedure?

    Have you run into what I call "Mother may I?" yet?

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    Re: Vista UNinstall procedure?

    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15> Yes, I've been initiated with the "Permissions" prompt on a number of occasions. After awhile I think it is going to be an increasing annoyance. Perhaps the "average" user won't be bothered by it as much? I've notice that Vista uses over double the amount of memory compared to my XP system, at least according to the Task Manager figures. However, since I have 2 gigs of DDR2 RAM its really a non-issue for me personally.

    One other comic tidbit.... When I initially ran the "Windows Vista Upgrade Advisor" on this newly built system, it said it was only good for Vista "Basic". After installing Vista and checking in the "whateveritis" thingy.... my system is rated as a "5". Vista Ultimate was installed automatically and there have been no hem or haws nor anything else of a negative nature. The two things which the "Upgrade Advisor" didn't like was 1) no 3rd-party sound card and 2) the Asus Overclocking utility on the motherboard. Silly really as it proved out in real life.

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