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safe to remove Vista files with WinXP installed?


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#1 nadelaney

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 09:46 AM

I installed WinXP on a Dell laptop that had come with Vista. Now the old Vista system folders/files are taking up 10 gigs of disk space. I'd like to delete them (have NO intention of EVER going back to Vista!!!!) but want to be sure it's safe. Am I forgetting something?
Thanks for your thoughts.

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Posted 25 September 2010 - 10:12 AM

Yes...the Vista files replaced boot.ini as the bootloader when it was installed.

If you try to delete it, you will either find that you cannot...or may shortcircuit your ability to boot.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/919529, see Removing Windows Vista from a Dual-Boot Configuration.

The link I posted also includes a more explicit explanation of the points I alluded to about the boot files.

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 07:40 PM

Thank you so much!

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Posted 26 September 2010 - 07:41 PM

You are welcome, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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