How To: Erase Or Remove Windows Vista Bootloader
About Windows Vista Bootloader:
The Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store contains boot configuration parameters and controls how the operating system is started in Microsoft Windows Vista operating system.You can use the Bcdedit.exe command-line tool to affect the Windows code which runs in the pre-operating system environment by adding, deleting, editing, and appending entries in the BCD store. Bcdedit.exe is located in the WindowsSystem32 directory of the Windows Vista partition.
Normally when you need to uninstall the Vista boot loader you have installed Microsoft Windows Vista on your existing Windows system in dual-boot mode, while installing Windows Vista overwrites the system MBR (Master Boot Record) to let you make choice between Windows Vista and Windows XP or any other Windows operating system. But when you uninstall Windows Vista the Vista boot loader just remains as it is and hence the dual-boot menu is visible even after un-installation of Windows Vista.
There are two easy ways to erase Windows Vista bootloader:
- Boot to Windows XP. Put your Vista DVD to your DVD-Rom.
- Click on Start > Run, and type x:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 All /force ( “x” is your DVD-Rom drive) name.
- Boot you PC using Windows XP SP2 CD(Just change you BIOS settings to boot from CD\DVD-ROM drive and boot from your Windows XP CD).
- Run the Recovery Console.
- You should be asked enter your Windows XP SP2 Admin password: just hit enter if you do not have an admin password or enter the admin password
- Now, type FIXMBR and press enter, press ‘Y’ to confirm.
- Then, you need to type: FIXBOOT and press enter , press ‘Y’ to confirm
- Remove the XP CD from drive reboot your PC to see the results.
Your Vista Boot loader problem has now been fixed.