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2 operating systems inside the same partition?

by jknueppel / April 2, 2009 3:59 PM PDT

I bought a used tower.(Generic) When I boot up it gives me a choice of Win XP or Win 2000 Server. I have checked... there is no partitions and only 1 drive in this tower. HOW do I remove Win 2000 Server?

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Windows 2000 must be somewhere?
by Kees Bakker / April 2, 2009 5:21 PM PDT

Find it and delete it. Then edit boot.ini to get rid of the prompt.

Kees

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From Boot .ini
by Techie_Master / April 2, 2009 5:27 PM PDT

If you had Windows 2000 installed od some other partition than c:, then delete boot.ini, bootsect.dos, ntldr, ntdetect.com and ntbootdd.sys (if exists) from c:\

or try to search in Add and remove program and uninstall it.

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Boot .ini
by jknueppel / April 4, 2009 9:53 AM PDT
In reply to: From Boot .ini

Could you give me a little more detail on how to remove these entries?
I'm new at this but I learn quickly.

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Locate the file . . .
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2009 10:56 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot .ini

boot.ini which is in the root directory on the C: drive.

Right click it and choose Edit with Notepad. Highlight the entire text and paste it here. We'll walk you through it.

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Locate the file . . .
by jknueppel / April 4, 2009 12:03 PM PDT
In reply to: Locate the file . . .

Do I use regedit or msconfig? HOW exactly do I edit it?

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(NT) (NT)As Coryphaeus said you use NOTEPAD
by anmor / April 4, 2009 3:01 PM PDT
In reply to: Locate the file . . .
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Read my reply again . . .
by Coryphaeus / April 4, 2009 10:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Locate the file . . .

Use Notepad but DO NOT edit it yet. Copy and paste it here first.

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Re: locate a file.
by Kees Bakker / April 4, 2009 11:29 PM PDT
In reply to: Locate the file . . .

Most people would use Windows Explorer or My Computer. Some would use the command prompt. Maybe someone even would boot from a Linux CD.

Your choice here. But realize it's a hidden file. Seeing hidden files and showing their contents is just a trifle little bit advanced use of Windows.


Kees

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locate a file
by jknueppel / April 5, 2009 3:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: locate a file.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server" /fastdetect

You can choose either entry and the computer will operate.There are no partitions, hidden or otherwize.

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Re: boot.ini
by Kees Bakker / April 5, 2009 5:14 AM PDT
In reply to: locate a file

This is mine:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Media Center Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect /noguiboot

Asou see, I added /noguiboot to hide the XP logo during boot, but that's up to you.

So if you edit this file, delete the last line and keep it (make it hidden and system and read-only again!) the prompt will be gone. Then delete the \WINNT folder (or maybe safer: rename it and reboot to see the damage done).

Kees

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With the information you have provided ...
by Edward ODaniel / April 5, 2009 8:51 AM PDT
In reply to: locate a file
DO NOT make the file deletions suggested by Techie_Master in post 3 as doing so will provide you with a non bootable system.

Now, removing MOST of Windows 2000 is a simple two step process.

First, your boot.ini file shows that Windows 2000 is located in the C:\WINNT directory so boot to Windows XP then use either My Computer or Windows Explorer to browse to C:\WINNT and delete it and all the files and subfolders within it. Doing this WILL NOT have any effect on Windows XP.

Second step is to edit your boot.ini which currently reads -

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server" /fastdetect

Delete the line I made bold and change the timeout value to 2 or even 1 so it now reads -

[boot loader]
timeout=2
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

You note that I said "removing MOST of Windows 2000" - that is because there will also be some Windows 2000 files and all its user profiles within the C:\Documents and Settings\... directory (folder) and unless you are absolutely sure which belong to Windows 2000 and which belong to Windows XP you are best off leaving them alone.
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With the information you have provided
by jknueppel / April 5, 2009 12:22 PM PDT

Thank you all for the help. I have edited the boot ini as directed. The WINNT folder has been renamed so if I have any trouble I can revert back to its original name. Again thanks for the help!

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