Help going from dual boot Vista/XP to just XP

#1
My notebook came with Vista pre-installed. Thanks to EasyBCD, for a while I had a dual boot with Vista/XP to compare their performance. XP is the clear winner for me and now I would like to reclaim the Vista HD space for other stuff. As is, Vista has been on the C: partition and I installed XP on the D: partition. Before I format the C: partition I wish to confirm what to do in EasyBCD so my system will boot to XP on the D: partition...

Right now I have modified my setup so it boots straight to XP. In EasyBCD the settings are like this:

There is one entry in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 0 seconds
Default OS: Windows XP
Entry#1:
Name: Windows XP
BCD ID: {default}
Drive D:\ Bootloader
Path: \ntldr
Windows Directory:

My question is : is it safe to format the C: partition now, or is there another step to take first? Thanks for your help!
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#2
Hi Fritz-Fragohf, welcome to NeoSmart Technologies.

You're not the only one switching back from Linux - we've been monitoring the reports made here in the forums, and in the past month or so the trend is changing from XP->Vista to Vista->XP and Vista->Linux... but, that's neither here nor there I guess :wink:

Anyway, in answer to your question, I'd need more info about your configuration.
EasyBCD | Diagnostics | Copy Debug Data to Clipboard

Paste the clipboard here in a reply.

Good luck, hope to hear back from you soon.
 
#3
Here is the Debug data..

Code:
Windows Boot Manager
--------------------
identifier              {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device                  partition=C:
description             Windows Boot Manager
locale                  en-US
inherit                 {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default                 {57276410-f0c2-11db-8723-001636e4eb9f}
displayorder            {57276410-f0c2-11db-8723-001636e4eb9f}
toolsdisplayorder       {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
timeout                 0
Windows Legacy OS Loader
------------------------
identifier              {57276410-f0c2-11db-8723-001636e4eb9f}
device                  partition=D:
path                    \ntldr
description             Windows XP
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#4
Good - no hacking needed :smile:

Bootloader Management | Restore XP Bootloader
Reboot.
You'll be back in XP. Format the C: partition, and you're set.
 
#5
Thanks for your quick replies. =) Forgive my ignorance, but just to clarify 100%.. Did you mean? /Manage Bootloader /Uninstall the Vista Bootloader (use to restore XP) /Write MBR
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#6
Yeah.

Here're more details:

1. Do what you posted above.
2. Boot into XP.
3. Delete boot.ini from XP
4. Delete the Vista partition
5. Change the XP partition to the first, resize it, reboot.
 
#7
Thanks for your help again. I did what was posted above, then:

2. Booted into XP.
...3. Delete boot.ini from XP
There was no boot.ini in the root directory (hidden & system files revealed). So I was prepared to skip this step.
... 4. Delete the Vista partition 5.
Within XP Disc management C: drive (with Vista) is marked as System, D: (with XP) as Boot. I cannot format the C: partition. Do I have to make the D: one the active one first?
 

mqudsi

Mostly Harmless
Staff member
#8
Yep, that'll do the trick.