HELP NEEDED REMOVING/UNINSTALLING VISTA RC1

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  1. paralax

    paralax

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    Hi all i hope you can help me.



    i have had enough playing with vista rc1 and would like to revert back to XP Pro. I installed Vista as an upgrade to XP Pro (no dual boot, no second partition) which i now know was a bit of a mistake. Anyway whe i try and install XP from the CD as u normaly would nothing happans my comp just boots to vista as normal instead of kicking into the XP install sequance. When i try to install from within Vista the option to install XP is grayed out from the CD options. I also tryed to reformat my HDD via the command prompt within vista and then reinstall, but i get this:





    C:\Users\FraggFrog>format c:

    The type of the file system is NTFS.

    Enter current volume label for drive C: akira



    WARNING, ALL DATA ON NON-REMOVABLE DISK

    DRIVE C: WILL BE LOST!

    Proceed with Format (Y/N)? y

    Formatting 78152M



    Format cannot run because the volume is in use by another

    process. Format may run if this volume is dismounted first.

    ALL OPENED HANDLES TO THIS VOLUME WOULD THEN BE INVALID.

    Would you like to force a dismount on this volume? (Y/N) y

    Cannot lock the drive. The volume is still in use.





    How can a revert back to XP? Please HELP!!!!!
     
    paralax, Oct 13, 2006
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    blackhat

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    boot the windows XP disk. after waiting you'll get this

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    -press enter

    -then press f8 to continue



    you'll get something like this

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    -delete all partitions (all files will be lost)



    -make a new partition



    -install windows xp



    if you want to install another OS reset after you deleted the partition



    you have to delete all the partitions. otherwise you will get trouble with bootfiles and other things (like windows on the L: drive and no boot files)





    if this doesn't work post it
     
    blackhat, Oct 14, 2006
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