After an abortive attemt to install Vista ultimate. During which Vista tried to upgrade my existing XP PRO instead of performing a clean install on a second drive ( which I had selected to have vista installed on ) I now have a situation that when I attempt to boot up my original disc I receive an error message that it is unable to boot due to a corrupt file and am offered an option to boot to a previous system. Selecting this option allows me to boot to my original XP pro. How can I alter the booting process to have my PC boot straight to the XP pro. I have no desire to go near the vista CD again and attempt to repair the Vista setup.
If it doesn't, you could boot pc from XP disk, select recovery console, select win xp os from boot list, enter password if you use one, the enter fixmbr at the promt, this should solve it. ** Back up any important data before you do the 2nd suggestion. **
Thanks for your suggestions, Rapscallion and Sheik. I have restored Boot.ini to normal however it appears that the Master boot record is directing the boot process initially to the vista bootmanager which then fails. It is only when I select the option to load a "previous" operating system that the XP boot.ini is invoked. It am presently investigtin how to restore the original MBR
Thanks Rapscallion, a great deal of interesting info re Vista uninstal there. Have solved problem using Sheik's suggestion of fixboot. Have now cloned XP disk as a backup and ready to tackle Vista again, where's my aspirin bottle ?