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Delete one of two XP installed

by tcyw20 / December 31, 2004 8:17 PM PST

In solving a boot up problem, I have now two XP installed properly on just one harddish. Now, at boot up, I have a choice to choose to use which one. If I use the new one, I cannot use any software installed. If I use the old one, I can use the computer like before having the boot up problem. In both versions, I could see the files downloaded or saved.

Can I have your help in telling me how to delete the 'new XP'.

Tony

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When you create a dual boot...
by Michael Geist / December 31, 2004 8:56 PM PST

scenario, you have the option of editing the Boot.ini file to control booting options. Be careful which install you edit out.

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forgot to put in the link...
by Michael Geist / December 31, 2004 8:57 PM PST
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when you create a dual boot....
by tcyw20 / December 31, 2004 9:34 PM PST

Michael,

Your link refers to Windows2000 information. Anyway, if I can delete 1 XP, there is no need to control the bootup option? Isn't it?

Tony

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You may delete...
by Michael Geist / December 31, 2004 10:02 PM PST

or format the partition (if you used a second partition) where the unwanted install resides, however you would still have to edit it out of boot.ini so the boot option no longer comes up.

Warning: Deleting Windows folders and/or formatting drives removes all data, so make sure you are not tossing out the baby with the bath water.

Note: A safer way is to boot to the original install and adjust the boot options in Startup and Recovery window. Right click My Computer/Properties/Advanced tab/Startup and Recovery. From here you can choose the install you wish to use and/or set the boot display time as low 0 seconds. Editing the boot.ini as outlined in the previous link does the same thing.

Windows 2K and XP use the same technique.

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modified the boot.ini file
by tcyw20 / January 1, 2005 5:19 PM PST
In reply to: You may delete...

I used right click My Computer/Properties/Advanced tab/Startup and Recovery to choose the XP that I wanted to use. However, whenever I boot up the computer, it boots to the right version BUT receives a dialog box with some warning notice that I used the MSCONFIG to modify the boot.ini. After clicking OK in the dialog box, the MSCONFIG (System Configuration Utility) appears to show that I chose the Selective Startup. If I click OK, it will asked me to reboot or exit without reboot.

Is there any way out?

Tony

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Is there a way out
by hounta / January 1, 2005 6:18 PM PST

When you open MSCONFIG is there a tab entitled BOOT.INI, if so click on the button that says Check All Boot Paths. Your system will report that the path used to launch Windows XP is not valid and offer to remove it. Click on Yes. From now on, your system should boot directly to Windows XP.
If not then format, because you can't have the same OS on the same hard drive and why would you.

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(NT) (NT) did you say yes to the reboot?
by Mark5019 / January 1, 2005 7:47 PM PST
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