After booting into Vista, right click on Computer and select Properties.
From there click on Advanced System Settings. In the tap Advanced, click on
Startup and Recovery.
You can now change your default operating system to be XP and tell it to
display a list of installed operating systems, and a time length to display
these before booting to default if no further action is taken.
By installing Vista on the d: drive, an entry is placed on the c: drive.
Windows may drive you insane at times but it's not suicidal. While you are
'in' a drive, you cannot format it. Even if you are 'in' the c: drive,
using XP, you cannot format d: because of the entry on it for Vista.
You can however remove this. Download and install Vista Boot Pro from:
Once you've installed it and set it up, you can then remove it, and at the
same time it will remove the entry for the Vista operating system from drive
c:. You will then be able to format drive d: and all will be as it once
Cari (MS-MVP Printing & Imaging)
"mark" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> I tried to use the XP disc, wouldn't boot from disc. Then I just tried to
>> run the disc and do an install(hoping to wipe Vista off of D)but the
>> "install XP" icon is greyed out and non functional.
> What I did originally was upgrade to Vista on c. Then I started having
> problems with lots of stuff and got p@#$$ed at Vista and decided to do a
> clean install on D. Didnt fix the problems I had, Still annoyed with
> Decided I would say to heck with Vista and format C and do a clean install
> XP and start over. The computer automatically boots to D, I cannot get it
> boot to C... When starting, the keyboard doesnt work so when I get to the
> screen that gives me the choice of which drive to boot with, I can't use
> keyboard to choose