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Help Booting Back In XP or Vista

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.

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wipe it clean

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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.

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In reply to: wipe it clean

I've gotten 3 computers from HP and haven't recieved an OS installation disk with any of them.

I don't have any recovery disks either.

When it loads the recovery console it gives me 3 options.

the first is C:windows
the seconds is d:somethingNT
the third is d:some sequence of numbers.

I used the map command and it only showed 2 partitions, C: NTSC and D: FAT32

The way it is, I can't log on to ANY operating system, or atleast figure out how. I don't even need to get XP MCE at this moment. I'd be content with being able to surf the net and listen to music at this point.

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Try the HP System Recovery procedure

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You can't uninstall Vista. I repeat, you can't uninstall Vista. You have to format over it or wipe it.

Since you didn't make a copy of the HP Recovery CDs when you first received the computer, you need to run the HP System Recovery procedure from the recovery partition.

(Use the "Recover During Startup" procedure.)

The procedure might work because of the formating that occurs during the HP System Recovery process (the destructive recovery). If it fails to work, then here are some troubleshooting procedures:

One problem is that XP doesn't take well to installing to a partition where Vista already is present. If the HP System Recovery fails, that partition may need to be wiped clean with KILLDISK or DBAN (Google it) before attempting the HP System Recovery again.

As mentioned in the HP support articles, you can order HP System Recovery CDs for your computer.

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Once System Recovery is complete and you can get into Windows, please do yourself a favor and make the recovery CDs.

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Vista Mess

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You mean I'm not the only one? It's true, you can't uninstall Vista and if you didn't make a set of recovery CDs for yourself, don't waste time calling Microsoft; call HP and order the recovery CD if you can't follow the suggestions mentioned here or if they don't work. I'm not going to try it tonight; I've been messing with (polite word substituted) this situation all day and it's getting late. I guess that makes me a a****t too.

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