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I basically want to get rid of server 2008, and one would think "ok, boot into xp and delete the server 2008 folders off the e: drive"
but unfortunately, there is a 2008 boot manager that has managed to write to my boot.ini on the c: drive and I don't want to go deleting stuff and making xp unbootable as well.
I did make a backup of boot.ini before I installed server, and if need be i can create the whole file in "edit" if i need to boot from the xp cd and get into repair mode, but i'd rather not...
Did you have any luck with this yet?
In the future if you want to work with multiple OSs on the same machine I've found a virtual machine will perform quite well.
At that point, the Server 2008 loader is taken out of the picture, and ntldr under XP resumes control, and reads the boot.ini on the XP installation.
After that, its just a matter of deleting all the files and folders related to Server 2008, including c:\boot\ regardless of what partition you install Server 2008 on (mine was E:)
I think I may just put a external hard drive on, copy over all my e:\data, and then just format the disk since I dont want to spend a week deleting e:\windows, e:\documents and settings, e:\program files and so on....