> Before I do this, I just want to know if calling fixboot, then fixmbr
> will successfully switch the the bootloader back over to the ntloader
> from the Vista bce (or what ever it is called) bootloader so that I can
> boot back to my XP and repartition the Vista drive.
Despite the "no response" I went ahead and did this, and low and behold
I'm screwed. Needless to say I'm not just a little pissed off I'm
really, really pissed off.
Here's the steps:
1) Install Windows XP
2) Install Windows Vista on a clean partition
3) Reboot to the recovery console and type:
fixboot - OK
fixmbr - results in a warning of nonstandard boot manager, continuing
may corrupt partitions, went ahead anyways since I didn't really have a
choice in the matter.
4) Result is: Windows XP boots fine, no problem (phew)
5) Delete Windows Vista partition
6) Install Fedora Core 5 on the new space available from the deleted
Windows Vista partition
7) Reboot - boots to Windows XP, no sign of Linux
It seems that I'm still using the BCD as the boot manager even after
doing a fixboot, fixmbr. That sequence removes grub why does it not
Now, since I deleted the Windows Vista partition I don't have
BCDEDIT.EXE, so I can't even try to configure my boot manager to add new
Is there some way to repair the BCD boot manager without installing
Microsoft needs to release and make apparent documents that describe the
steps required to uninstall their freakin' betas!
Looks like another reinstall of Windows XP, great I was really looking
forward to that.
By the way, if anyone is reading this that has not yet tried Windows
Vista Build 53xx, don't bother, it's completely useless, there are no drivers
, you can't even install Microsoft software like VS2005 because
it craps out during the setup and the user interface is so half-baked
it's completely unusable.