jook11, on Nov 6 2007, 13:15, said:
I have something odd going on.
I drive is the area that had linux on it, and now I'd like to put Vista in.
This is the FAQ section, you are more likely to get help in the regular support forums, where people post their problems and ask for help.
That said, you should be able to boot Vista and use it to repair your Microsoft boot system. I don't run Vista, so I cannot be more specific, I am afraid.
You might want to read up a bit on boot loaders, if you think that GRUB ruined XP's boot loader. (are you running XP or Vista on this box?) If Vista, then you shouldn't have an XP bootloader, anyhow. And this is what I was talking about with regards to bootloaders. The MBR has room for one - JUST one - boot loader. Whether it is the one that came with XP (which has been pretty much the same since Win9x days), or the Vista BCD (?), or GRUB. The Microsoft ones don't detect and set up Linux for you, so GRUB does the job when you install. I don't know what went wrong with your install, nor do you seem to care, so no need to discuss that I suppose.
Through Google, I found the following, which may help
1. Put the Windows Vista installation disc in the disc drive, and then start the computer (set to boot from CD in BIOS).
2. Press a key when you are prompted.
3. Select a language, a time, a currency, a keyboard or an input method, and then click Next.
4. Click Repair your computer.
5. Click the operating system that you want to repair (Vista in this case), and then click Next.
6. In the System Recovery Options dialog box, click Command Prompt.
7. Once in the command prompt, type exactly Bootrec.exe /FixMbr and then press ENTER. You will see "operation completed successfully."
8. Reboot and set BIOS to boot from the HDD again.
GRUB will be overwritten in step 7 and Vista's bootloader will once again take control of loading your OS(s).