Removing Windows Vista Bootloader from Startup

Posted April 19, 2006 by AMCDeathKnight in Microsoft Vista

Tired of the Windows Vista Bootloader starting up after you have uninstalled Windows Vista? These steps will allow you to remove it.

(Obviously this has only been tested in the vista beta.)

You will need a Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional CD to be able to do this.

Check that the BIOS is set so you can boot off your CD\DVD-ROM drive and put in the Windows XP CD. Restart your computer so it will boot from it.

When it comes up with text: Boot from CD…. press ENTER or any other key to boot from your Windows XP CD. It should now start scanning your hardware.

When it comes up with the blue screen, press R for Recovery Console.

It will come up with a black screen with white writing. Give it a moment to load the default US keyboard. If you are using a different type press Enter and follow the instructions.

You may have to type your Administrator Password to be able to use the Recovery Console; if prompted please do or you will not be able to continue.

Now you should be at a prompt where you should be able to type. Type in the following commands:

1. type FIXMBR and press enter
2. Press Y if asked

(fixmbr means: fix masterboot record)

3. next type: FIXBOOT and press enter
4. Press Y if asked.
5. When you can continue, restart your computer
6. Remember to take the Windows XP CD out of your drive and it should be fixed.

Editing your bootloader can be very dangerous stuff. Only proceed after backing up your system and if you really know what you are doing.

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  • Jason

    sweet, thanks!

  • Anonymous

    what if u can’t remamber your password?

  • Anonymous

    this really works… thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Hi Bobs! Thanks for your article, they are always worth reading. I know and use a very good one called windows password key 8.0, see I downloaded mine when it was free but now i think u need to pay some tokens to get. Mine can’t reset Vista password but the one on their site now should and they have a good support team. There are many other ones but I am yet to try them but am very ok with windows password key 8.0,.


    Love your articles,

  • Anonymous
    a professional tool for you.

  • Anonymous

    I ever used a windows password recovery software to reset windows password to blank,it need not to reinstall or reformat the windows os, with no data lose,the tool is “Any Windows Password Recovery 3.0 “,its easier,you could have a try.

    The link to the soft:

    • Anonymous

      What if you’ve never set a windows password? What do you do then to remove Vista’s boot loader ?

  • Zach

    If you lost windows password. I think the best solution is making a windows password recovery disk with the third part utility. The disk works perfectly to recover windows password to “Blank”. It is also useful for administrator password recovery, you can wrote it to an blank CD or USB flash drive to recover administrator password.
    more info:

  • Anonymous

    This sounds pretty interesting. We used a similar software at my tech support job a few years ago. Called “Windows Password Key 8.0”.
    It works very prefect to regain your password .Also use boot CD/DVD.
    I have download it from this website :