Removing Windows Vista from the boot selection menu

Published Date
01 - Oct - 2008
| Last Updated
01 - Oct - 2008
Removing Windows Vista from the boot selection menu

I have Windows XP installed on my desktop PC. One day I installed Windows Vista on another partition. But after 30 days it stopped booting. So I formatted my Vista, but every time I try to boot, it throws the OS selection menu at me. Now, I am working with only Windows XP. How can I erase the entry for Vista from the boot menu? I have tried to edit the boot.ini file but there is no such option. Please help me.

DIGIT ANSWERS: Although you have erased Windows Vista from you hard drive and installed Windows XP as a fresh replacement, the Vista boot loader still remains on your system. This is the reason why you see the list of operating systems during startup. There are two ways to erase Windows Vista bootloader, the first one:

  1. Boot to Windows XP. Put your Vista DVD to your DVD-Rom
  2. Click on Start > Run, and type x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 All /force
  3. Note: “x” is your DVD-Rom drive name.
Or you can try this method:
  1. Boot you PC using Windows XP SP2 CD.
  2. Run the Recovery Console.
  3. When the console is loaded, type “fixboot” (without quotes) and press Enter.
  4. Then, type fixmbr and press Enter.
  5. Reboot your PC to see the results.

Solution by TECH QNA EXPERT: Jagdeep Virdi

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