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Thread: Delete Windows server 2003 from dual boot over Windows Vista

  1. #1
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    Oct 2010

    unsure Delete Windows server 2003 from dual boot over Windows Vista


    My system has windows Vista Enterprise With Service Pack1. I had partitioned the hard drive. And later had installed Windows Server 2003 as i had to work on Sharepoint 2007. So, its
    Drive C (original with the Vista)
    Drive E: ( Server 2003).
    Now the boot.ini is in drive E otherwise it wont be possible to install server 2003 over Vista. Now i want to uninstall Windows Server.But how will i get boot.ini back to vista? if i format drive E, then my system wont start. Can any1 help me?

    boot.ini in E drive looks like this.

    [boot loader]

    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(3)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard" /fastdetect

    boot.ini in Vista with the help of EasyBcd looks like this.

    There are a total of 3 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
    Bootloader Timeout: 15 seconds.
    Default OS: Microsoft Windows Vista

    Entry #1

    Name: Microsoft Windows Vista
    BCD ID: {current}
    Drive: C:\
    Bootloader Path: \Windows\System32\winload.exe
    Windows Directory: \Windows

    Entry #2

    Name: Reimage This Computer
    BCD ID: {572bcd55-ffa7-11d9-aae0-0007e994107d}
    Drive: [S:]\sources\winre.wim
    Bootloader Path: \windows\system32\boot\winload.exe
    Windows Directory: \windows

    Entry #3

    Name: windows Server 2003
    BCD ID: {ntldr}
    Drive: E:\
    Bootloader Path: \ntldr


  2. #2
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    Apr 2009

    Re: Delete Windows server 2003 from dual boot over Windows Vista

    Try the following points which are used for modifying Folder Options :
    1. Right-click Start, and then click Explore.
    2. On the Tools menu, click Folder Options, and then click View.
    3. Under Advanced Settings, click Show hidden files and folders, click to clear the Hide protected operating system files (Recommended) check box, click Yes, and then click OK.
    4. Locate the system partition, locate and right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.
    5. Click to clear the Read-only check box, and then click OK.
    The mandatory files that are required to boot Windows XP/ Windows Vista system is:
    • NTLDR
    • BOOT.INI
    First you will have to copy all the files listed above, then open the boot.ini file with notepad and edit it as follows:
    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="PRI IDE CH 0" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINNT="SEC IDE CH 0" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(1)\WINNT="PRI IDE CH 1" /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(3)partition(1)\WINNT="SEC IDE CH 1" /fastdetect

    Distinctive non SCSI motherboards have two IDE controllers. Primary and Secondary. Every controller has two channels "0 or Master" and "1 or slave". The "rdisk" value narrates as follows:

    rdisk(0) is Primary Controller channel 0 (Master)
    rdisk(1) is Secondary Controller channel 0 (Master)
    rdisk(2) is Primary Controller channel 1 (Slave)
    rdisk(3) is Secondary Controller channel 1 (Slave)

    Now if every hard drive in the system has only one partition then the "partition" value will forever be "1". For various rationales the partitons start with "1" and the rdisk start with "0". So as an instance if have a hard drive with three partitions on Channel 0 (Master) of the Secondary IDE controller and that drive has 3 partitions and you boot to the third partition on that drive, the division of the boot.ini file would look as follows:

    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(3)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    Re: Delete Windows server 2003 from dual boot over Windows Vista

    Thanks a lot Joel.. I am gonna try this out .

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