I had my computer set to dual-boot Windows XP and Windows Vista RC1. I removed Vista RC1 but the Windows Boot Manager still appears upon boot up. How can I remove the boot manager so the computer will boot directly into Windows XP? If anyone can help, thanks much!
After playing around with Vista for a few days, you may want to remove it from your system, and reclaim the hard drive space. Microsoft has made this step very simple as well.
Boot your computer in to Windows XP.
Ensure you have the Vista DVD image emulated or in the DVD drive.
Go to ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œStartÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â and ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œRunÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â. Type in ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œe:\boot\bootsect.exe /nt52 ALL /forceÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â (without quotes, and replacing e: with the drive letter of your Vista DVD).
Restart the computer, and you will notice the boot selection menu is gone.
Format the partition/drive where you had Vista installed.
Remove two files (Boot.BAK & Bootsect.BAK) on your XP driveÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s root folder (C, these were backup files of your previous bootloader, now no longer useful.
Optional: Restart to ensure it still works.
Use your partition software to merge your partitions together.
And now you have returned your computer to its previous state, without Vista and without the new bootloader. If anyone has any issues, please post it in comments and IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ll try to resolve it. - istartedsomething.com