Uninstall Vista

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    Earl J Hickey

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    I have decided to ditch the beta as I am not happy with performance. I have "repaired" XP so the machine boots up into XP. How do I delete the D:\Windows directory that Vista created? There are so many files that I do not have permission to delete. Administrators have Read & Execute, and a user listed as "S-1-5-80-956008885-3418522649-1831038044-1853292631-2271478464" is the only one with full control.
     
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    first of all is the vista installed on a separate harddrive or on a partition???

    if on another harddrive just wait till XP boots up then click on computer and on drive d: select format.....

    if on a partition just try and format that bit or use a program called partition magic 8 to delete it....

    or if you not at all bothered about saving any data at all, put in you copy of XP and do a clean install then when it asks you were you want to put it, delete the partitions and format c: then install away..

    should be done then..... :)
     
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    Vista was installed on a separate drive (D:\) which also houses home movies, music, etc. I cannot format the drive.
     
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    right while in xp drap all your needed files over from d: to c:(xp) once you have swapped over all your files then format..... you will never be able to get rid of vista unless you format that drive...
     
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    Yep, niffer022 nailed it. If it doesnt let you format from within XP, it may give some access denied crap. Then put in the xp boot cd and format it from the recovery console.
     
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    in order to change the rights to certain folders, start up windows in safe mode then find the folder your tryin to mess with, right click, go to security tab and change the permissions of the folder to let you in while your not in safe mode. that might work i dunno
     
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    Nope, didn't work. Burning files to DVD (not enough free space on my C drive) and re-formatting. :(
     
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    aww that sux new harddrive, if u live near a frys they have a like 200gb or 250 something ridiculous and its like 80 bucks
     
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    might as well go to comp management in administrative tools then delete logial drive then reinstall logical drive. it always works 4 me
     
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    Just thought I'd add that I was able to delete the directories without reformatting the drive. Logged into my XP account (admin rights), changed ownership of the directories and subdirectories, then changed user permissions on the directories I wanted to delete. Worked like a charm.
     
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