How To: Uninstall Windows Vista On A Multiboot System With Windows XP
Microsoft has made un-installation of Windows Vista from a dual boot system is very simple.Actually you cannot uninstall Windows Vista from your computer like other software applications.However, you can alter the code that starts the operating system called the master boot code, and then remove Windows Vista from your dual boot system and return to the previous operating system Windows XP.Note that this trick is only applicable in a dual boot system contains both the Windows Vista and XP.You will need your Windows Vista installation DVD for this task.The steps for uninstalling Windows Vista from a dual boot system with Windows XP is given below:
- Boot your computer in to Windows XP.
- Place the Windows Vista installation DVD in the DVD drive.
- Go to Windows XP “Start” and then select “Run”. Type in “f:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /force” (without quotes, and replacing f: with the drive letter of your Windows Vista DVD).
- Restart your computer, and you will see that the boot selection menu is gone.
- Format the hard disk partition/drive where you had Windows Vista installed using the format option in the Disk Management section in the Computer Management in Administrative Tools in the Windows XP Control Panel.
- Remove two files named as Boot.BAK & Bootsect.BAK from your Windows XP drive’s root folder (C:/), these were the backup files of your previous Windows Vista Bootloader, now no longer useful.
- Restart your system once again to check the results.
And now you have returned your computer to its previous state, without Windows Vista and without the new bootloader.