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Uninstalling Win 7 leaving XP to boot


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#1 fleamour

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 11:01 AM

Hi

Could do with some help. Followed this link to uninstall Windows Seven. However upon rebooting the system hangs with black screen & a flashing cursor. What are my recovery options? I do have an Acronis backup but this would restore the Win 7 partition as well.

Please help!!!

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:01 PM

If the Vista bootloader is gone...try running the fixmbr command from the XP Recovery Console.

That blinking cursor in the upper left of a black screen...usually means that something has gone awry with the XP MBR.

Black Screen (fixmbr) - http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;en-us;314503

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 12:21 PM

Thanks! I vaguely remember that trick but could not track it down. One thing, which Windows installation do I log onto? Or will it not matter? I have:

1: C:\WINDOWS
2: E:\Windows

I ask because depending whether in Win7 or XP each would identify their own partition as root. I have not formatted the Win7 partition so both showing.
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Posted 10 July 2009 - 02:05 PM

You log into XP.

That boot screen you receive...is that of the Win 7 install.

If you removed the Windows 7 install, that still leaves the boot files...which take precedence over the XP boot files. Which is why you need to delete the Win 7 files from within XP.

As long as the Win 7 bootloader remains, you will see the screen reflect two installs.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 03:12 PM

So to clarify, XP is 2: E:\?

EDIT: Well, 2: E:\Windows (XP I assume) has an administrator password which I get three attempts at before throwing me out. I don't remember setting one. So a second question, can it be bypassed?

Edited by fleamour, 10 July 2009 - 03:40 PM.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:37 PM

OK, deleted Win 7 partition with a partition manager leaving "1: C:\WINDOWS" which has no administrator password. Used "fixmbr" command from within recovery console & bob's your uncle.
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Posted 10 July 2009 - 05:14 PM

Well done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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