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How to uninstall a Vista Beta/RC

  1. #1


    Sunil Sood Guest

    How to uninstall a Vista Beta/RC

    I installed one of the Vista Release Candiates some time ago and I'd like to
    know the best way to uninstall/remove it.

    The system has two drives attached

    Drive 1: Windows XP
    Drive 2: Windows Vista

    together with the Vista bootloader.

    Normally I would just format the 2nd drive, but there are some other files
    on the drive which I would like to keep, so is there another way for me to
    delete Vista from that partition? (I did try just deleting the files from
    within XP but they seem to be write protected)

    Alternatively, what would happen if I just installed the the RTM build over
    the RC - would that work?

    Also, how do I remove/replace the Vista bootloader with the XP one?

    Regards
    Sunil



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  2. #2


    kirk jim Guest

    Re: How to uninstall a Vista Beta/RC

    1) move the files into Drive 1,

    2) Boot into XP and
    use http://www.vistabootpro.org/ that is free and will remove the vista
    bootloader.

    3) Format the drive 2

    4) Optional.. make a vow to never ever return to the most problematic OS of
    all times> vista!

    "Sunil Sood" <news@soods.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:5816ulF2f0h5cU1@mid.individual.net...
    >I installed one of the Vista Release Candiates some time ago and I'd like
    >to know the best way to uninstall/remove it.
    >
    > The system has two drives attached
    >
    > Drive 1: Windows XP
    > Drive 2: Windows Vista
    >
    > together with the Vista bootloader.
    >
    > Normally I would just format the 2nd drive, but there are some other files
    > on the drive which I would like to keep, so is there another way for me to
    > delete Vista from that partition? (I did try just deleting the files from
    > within XP but they seem to be write protected)
    >
    > Alternatively, what would happen if I just installed the the RTM build
    > over the RC - would that work?
    >
    > Also, how do I remove/replace the Vista bootloader with the XP one?
    >
    > Regards
    > Sunil
    >
    >




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  3. #3


    Sunil Sood Guest

    Re: How to uninstall a Vista Beta/RC


    "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    news:OwFIKv1eHHA.4032@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > 3) Format the drive 2


    Sorry, I should have included in the original post, that I'm looking for an
    alternative to formatting Drive 2 - as drive 1 doesn't have enough free
    space for the files.. otherwise I would have copied them over..

    Regards
    Sunil



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  4. #4


    kirk jim Guest

    Re: How to uninstall a Vista Beta/RC

    Hmmm.....you can try to use this free app>>>
    http://********.free.fr/unlocker/

    From XP this will allow you to delete the vista files, even if you will need
    to select the option,
    delete that may prompt you to restart in order to delete.

    I have not actually done this thing with vista, but with 2 XP
    installations... so if you try it,
    your input is valuable so I will know what to advise other people too....


    OR

    I will give you 1 more option in case the above fails.. it needs some
    shuffling things around so it may be more advanced.

    Im not sure if you can still boot into Vista,
    if you can you can go to control panel, administrative tools> disk
    management,
    and resize the vista partition to make it smaller, then create a new empty
    partition and move your files there. Then after you do the steps I said you
    can format the Vista partition (care is needed don't format the wrong drive
    with your files!)

    If you have a disk utility like acronis, paragon disk manager or partition
    magic (only compatible with XP) these may help you manage the drive
    partitions better.

    good luck!








    "Sunil Sood" <news@soods.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:5818ciF2f1mchU1@mid.individual.net...
    >
    > "kirk jim" <11@11.11> wrote in message
    > news:OwFIKv1eHHA.4032@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >> 3) Format the drive 2

    >
    > Sorry, I should have included in the original post, that I'm looking for
    > an alternative to formatting Drive 2 - as drive 1 doesn't have enough free
    > space for the files.. otherwise I would have copied them over..
    >
    > Regards
    > Sunil
    >
    >




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  5. #5


    Andre Da Costa[ActiveWin] Guest

    Re: How to uninstall a Vista Beta/RC

    Right click the drive on which Vista is installed in XP, and click Format.
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    Andre
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    http://adacosta.spaces.live.com/blog...3DB!9709.entry
    "Sunil Sood" <news@soods.freeserve.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:5816ulF2f0h5cU1@mid.individual.net...
    >I installed one of the Vista Release Candiates some time ago and I'd like
    >to know the best way to uninstall/remove it.
    >
    > The system has two drives attached
    >
    > Drive 1: Windows XP
    > Drive 2: Windows Vista
    >
    > together with the Vista bootloader.
    >
    > Normally I would just format the 2nd drive, but there are some other files
    > on the drive which I would like to keep, so is there another way for me to
    > delete Vista from that partition? (I did try just deleting the files from
    > within XP but they seem to be write protected)
    >
    > Alternatively, what would happen if I just installed the the RTM build
    > over the RC - would that work?
    >
    > Also, how do I remove/replace the Vista bootloader with the XP one?
    >
    > Regards
    > Sunil
    >
    >




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