I've just got myself a new HP PC with Windows Vista installed. Since that seemed to be incompatible with ANY of my old software and hardware that I tried to install, I installed my old Windows XP instead. It wasn't quite straightforward because everytime the installation got to the point it wanted to reboot the PC, after it rebooted the installation program restarted from scratch again.
I solved the problem by formatting the C:\ drive first to get rid of Windows Vista completely, and then installing Windows XP.
Anyway, one minor issue remains: Whenever I boot up I get an HP blue intro screen with 4 options, followed after about 10 seconds by the usual Windows dual-boot menu inviting me to select either Windows XP or Windows XP. I'm familiar with editing the boot.ini file to eliminate this menu, but I can't find a boot.ini file !! Can anyone help, please?
Yes, it's a 500Gb disk and I created a D:\ partition when I was initially trying to install XP as a dual-boot -- before I gave up and formatted Vista off my C:\ drive. But XP is definately in C:\WINDOWS.
Apart from folders that I've created for files restored from my external backup, and a DATA and DATA.001 folder (which both seem empty), there's nothing on the D:\ drive.
There's also an I:\ drive named FACTORY_IMAGE which I haven't touched.