You need to "wipe" the partition that has Vista with KILLDISK or DBAN, and then use the CD's that came with the computer to reinstall Windows MCE. Don't forget to install all drivers (XP MCE doesn't do this for you).
Do you still have the CD's that came with the computer? If you had to make the recovery CD's yourself, do you still have those?
- The above procedure will erase all personal files and settings.
- Don't erase the recovery partition, if there is one.
- If there is a recovery partition, only wipe the partition that has Vista and then follow the recovery procedure for your computer.
I have an HP a1540n or something like that. It had Windows MC 2005 edition installed on it, and like some ******** ******, I got a trial of Vista and installed it. I then, in an attempt to uninstall it, went to the recovery console on startup. I then proceeded to use the fixboot command. Now EVERYTIME I try to reboot, it goes straight to the recovery console. Vista is still on there somewhere, I just never get a chance to try and load it. Is there any hope for my HD at all?
Thanks in advance. This has been one of the worst days of my short life. 360 stopped working, 51 inch TV got a terrible red swirl on it, and now this. I almost started crying when this happened. I know I'm in way over my head and thought I'd ask for help from people that know what they're talking about before I messed it up and crossed the point of no return.
Once again, thanks a million.
PS: Whenever I've tried to load into XP after installing Vista, it doesn't work.