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#1 negdcom

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:09 AM

So I was trying to remove an old instal of windows that never fully completed. At startup each time I got an option of the two OS that were available, the one I used was windows vista. The other one that never completed is windows xp professional. Even though win vista is set as my default under startup and recovery it still will try to boot the unfinished install of win xp professional at startup if I dont choose vista instead. So I was attempting to finx this problem tonight and deleted the windows.old folder and then rebooted, forgetting to edit the boot.ini file. I also stupidly unchecked the box in startup and recovery that gave you 30 sec at startup to choose which os you want. Now when it boots it automatically goes to the win xp professional setup and then bluescreens. it doesnt give me an option at all to choose the vista OS. Is there anything I can do to get to the vista OS at startup?

so to clarify:
A. at startup pc usually boots to choose OS screen and I choose vista
b. if I do nothing at this screen it automatically tries to load an unfinished install of win xp professional which automatically bluescreens.
c. I unchecked the box in startup and recovery that would have given me 30 sec at boot to choose which OS i wanted
d. now it automatically goes straight to unfinished install of win xp professional and bluescreens

is there any way to get it to allow me to choose the OS at this point?

thanks guys you're help is really appreciated

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:23 AM

You can call up the boot menu by tapping the F8 key while the computer is starting up. As soon as you press the power button start tapping and don't stop until you get the boot menu.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 12:30 AM

You can call up the boot menu by tapping the F8 key while the computer is starting up. As soon as you press the power button start tapping and don't stop until you get the boot menu.



I tried that, it doesn't work at all. I can hit f12 to get the boot options menu, but it only shows me the hard drive that I can boot from only not the OS.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 01:12 AM

The window for invoking the F8 menu is very small, it may take several tries.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:05 PM

thanks but ive tried it repeatedly, still not working. tried control at startup as well as F5. Anything else you can recommend?

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:22 PM

Boot to a Vista cd and choose the startup repair options. Once you get into Vista, open Windows Explorer and then delete the Windows XP Folder. Then download easyBCD and use it to fix the bootloader (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/EasyBCD.shtml)

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:28 PM

Boot to a Vista cd and choose the startup repair options. Once you get into Vista, open Windows Explorer and then delete the Windows XP Folder. Then download easyBCD and use it to fix the bootloader (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/EasyBCD.shtml)



will it work if i only have access to windows vista recovery disk? my problem has been that its an acer aspire revo with no cd drive, I loaded a usb hard drive with the win recovery disk but it would not load it at boot, i added it to the drive as an iso and the files alone and all it tells me is that i need to load a bootable media. I even loaded the files onto an internal laptop drive and connected it as a usb and it still wont work.

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Posted 15 September 2011 - 04:29 PM

Try to borrow a Vista cd




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