unwanted dual boot

  matstu 17:54 02 Sep 2008

Dell pc running vista basic had probs in the O/S (some virus). The pc was messed up with all sorts of other probs. This is not my PC My wife and I are careful. Anyway, the pc came with a disc to help factory reset. This was used and the pc appears o be dual boot with 2 vistas one named windows vista, the other microsoft windows vista. The new one seems just fine but the hard drive has 2 partitions one O/S (C) which has 100 gig space, the other recovery has 10 gig (D)and is nearly full. When installing a new programme the installation path goes to recovery partition. As its nearly full the path has to be changed every time to C drive . This never used to be the case.

In both C & D drives there are folders for prog files, users, windows etc. Should this be the case? The pc I'm using for this posting (advent) has C drive with all those folders and more and an s drive which is system with nothing in it. one more thing the Dell cannot play DVD's now due to missing DVD decoder.

Does the Dell need serious help?


  Ditch999 18:32 02 Sep 2008

You would be better to restore the PC from the Recovery Partition as per click here=

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 18:35 02 Sep 2008

It appears that the reinstall of vista has happened on the D (recovery drive) and not formatted the c drive.

Pre-Installed Options

If no repair options are available your PC manufacturer may have replaced the tools or customised them. Check your Computer Manual before proceeding.

1/ Start your PC

2/ If your PC has one operating system Press and Hold the F8 key as your PC starts. If the Windows Logo appear you will need to start again

3/ If you have a dual boot system a Boot option menu will appear. Highlight the Vista operating system and Press the F8 key

4/ In both cases, if all has gone well, an Advanced options screen will now appear

5/ Highlight the repair Your Computer option and Press Enter

6/ Select a keyboard layout, and then Click the Next button

7/ Next select your user Name and Enter your Password, then Click OK

8/ The recovery options should now appear

  matstu 18:37 02 Sep 2008

Tried all of that before. There is no Dell Factory Image Restore in the advanced options when pressing F8.

  matstu 18:50 02 Sep 2008

Haven't tried the option as described by Fruit Bat /\0/\ will go to in laws and give it a try. any other input????

  axelbrora 21:19 02 Sep 2008

Yes I have similar problems.

While trying to repair a boot up problem on XP SP2 I lost the hal.dll file and windows would not start in any mode.

I tried the recovery disk from Mesh and it started to reinstall windows, no repair option. I got stuck at the product code which I could not find. I then installed my original XP SPI to get my computer running. As I now had a ral mess and needet i reinstall all of ny programmes I took the opportunity to upgarde to Visa SP1.

Now all is excellent except for the fact that I still get offered the dual boot although it defaults to Vista after 30 seconds. I now have an extra 5GB partition with what is obviously a partial installation of Windows SP2.

Not a major problem but I would like to get rid of the dual boot option for a fsater boot up and also recover the 5GB of disk space.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


  Ditch999 13:24 03 Sep 2008

If you have the Vista DVD and your key then I would recommend formatting both partitions and merging them in to one large one (or a smallish C: drive for your OS (50gb?) and a larger D: drive for documents (200GB?))
Then perform a fresh install of Vista on to C:
Make sure you have all your drivers for the PC handy and have any important documents backed up first.

  Ditch999 13:27 03 Sep 2008

If you have the factory restore CD from Dell I would format the C: and D: drives and do a fresh install of Vista on the C: drive.
Back up any important documents first.

  GaT7 15:59 03 Sep 2008

Without reinstalling the OS (in WinXP), I've successfully used 2 methods to get rid of the unwanted dual-boot screen altogether, or at least reduce the time it displays, by:

1. Editing the boot.ini file to remove the 2nd boot option. Could be risky if you delete the wrong entry, so better to do step 2 if not sure...

2. Going into System Properties (My Computer > Properties) > Advanced tab > Startup and Recovery > Settings & reducing the 'Time to display operating systems' to a few seconds.

Not sure what they're in Vista, but there could be similar things to do. G

  woodchip 16:05 03 Sep 2008

Why not use Disc manager and delete the unwanted Partition then Expand the Main partition to take up the unused space

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