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getting rid of vista boot loader

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I installed vista on a secondary hard drive (borrowed from a friend... I didn't want to violate my own drive with vista) to try it out, and expectedly, hated it. I gave my friend back his hard disk to clean up on his own, but I was left with the vista boot loader on my own drive (my xp system drive).

Without vista, I don't know how to get rid of the dreadful thing, and it automatically tries to load vista unless I interrupt it, which is very inconvenient, especially when the computer turns itself back on after a power failure (coming home to find a black screen and an error message is never fun).

So, how do I get rid of this? I've done some googling, but every thread or article says I need to either use vista, reformat my hard drive, or both. You can see where this is a problem, when the infected, sorry, affected, drive is my xp system drive.
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Keep on using Vista, it's great lol. I don't understand why so many people hate Vista.
    
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Reboot and Boot to your XP CD-ROM
Start the Recovery Console
Run Fixboot
Run fixmbr to reset the master boot record
Exit the Recovery Console
Reboot
To remove the extra entry, edit the boot.ini file to remove the "Microsoft Windows Longhorn" entry.
Format Your Vista Partition
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There is no more vista partition, but I'll try this, thanks.
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Worked like a charm.

fixboot, fixmbr. I will commit that to memory. Thank you for the valuable learning experience. Rep.
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