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erasing home edition

by Red_Sharpie / September 30, 2005 4:38 PM PDT

hey. my uncle gave me his old computer. he has both the XP Professional and XP Home Edition installed on it. I am currently running out of hard drive space, and wish to erase the Home Edition. Could you help me out please?

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fresh install
by linkit / September 30, 2005 5:04 PM PDT
In reply to: erasing home edition

Personally, I'd take the opportunity to clear out all of his files, settings, and registrations that are lurking in all sorts of software. This means a repartition, format, and fresh install of Windows XP. Do you have a valid copy of Windows XP with a Product Key for that system?

Otherwise...
Are the OS versions on separate partitons? Do you select an OS from a boot menu on startup? Can you post a copy of your ''boot.ini'' file? Find Boot.ini:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;289022

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little more help plz
by Red_Sharpie / September 30, 2005 5:20 PM PDT
In reply to: fresh install

he got the hard drive wiped before he gave it to me. and yes, i do have to select an os. and i've already done that, but that only ignores it. it's still on the hard drive. the space is from all of my crap that i put on it.

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He got the harddrive wiped.
by Stan Chambers / October 1, 2005 1:56 AM PDT
In reply to: little more help plz

If it were "wiped", formated, it wouldn't have the two operating systems or anything else.
If there is nothing on the drive that you need to save, I would agree with Linkit, you should wipe the drive, then partition, format, and reinstall the OS.

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