Uninstall Vista Partition?!?!?!?!?!

I have xp and vista dual boot, i never really used vista, i was on xp, and the lights flickerd and my comp turned off when it turned back on it loads but doesnt take me to the grub screen where i can choose what i want to open instead i think it tries to open vista and it just doest work and stays at the bios screen. I deleted the vista partition and it does the same thing. I want to return the boot settings so that it never knew vista was there http://www.istartedsomething.com/20060622/installing-and-uninstall-vista-beta-2-for-dual-boot-with-xp/ i found that website and i can do what it says under the uninstall part except that i can;t run xp to give it that command. Do i have to do this? Or can i just delete the files it says too.

If i need to give xp that command is there a way to manually edit the boot files from a linux live cd?
XP was the main partition

3 Responses to Uninstall Vista Partition?!?!?!?!?!

  1. Your best bet is to just do a fresh install of Linux, or Windows, whatever you want to run. It sounds like the Vista partition was the main partition, with the XP as the extended partition. And you can’t boot to an extended partition by itself.

    So your best bet is to just do a clean install if Xp, or Linux. Or both.

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  2. I’ve not done this before. However, I would likely strongly consider using the grub installer of the live linux cd to run your Windows and install Linux Ubuntu over the and/or share it with the Vista partition.

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  3. You’ll need to fix the master boot record.

    The way I usually do it, is to get a Windows 98 boot floppy or CD. Copy FDISK.EXE onto it. Then boot to the Floppy and run “fdisk /mbr” this repairs the Master Boot Record.

    You can do it through the XP recovery console. Just run “Fixboot”.

    I’m including a link to the recovery console support page on Microsoft’s site.

    E-mail me if you have questions. I’ll try to help if I can.

    Good luck.

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/307654

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