So I've finally convinced everyone in my household that Vista isn't that much of a beast as everyone says it is, and I want to get rid of the dual boot XP now. But there's a problem (isn't there always!)
I have 2 HDs:
- 160GB (I've emptied this one, but some XP files are still on there)
---- Partitions: One, D:
- 500GB (holds Vista and all data)
---- Partitions: C, J, K, L
The Vista disk management utility also does not let me format or delete the D: partition, saying "Windows cannot delete the active system partition on this disk."
I booted into the Vista install disk and used the partition program in there to delete the partition, but then after a restart, Vista wouldn't boot, saying "BOOTMGR is missing. Press CTRL + ALT + DEL to restart."
I think the boot files required by Vista are on the D: partition. Is there a way I can move them or recreate them in the C: partition somehow? There's a folder called "Boot" in D: which Vista was hiding as a system file and the contents convince me its the Vista boot files.
Following the instructions in this article, I've gotten rid of the OS options at startup, and "deleted" XP from the computer.