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How to remove extra operating system in computer?

by adamzong / August 27, 2007 10:38 AM PDT

I have an old laptop from 2000. For some reason, I have 2 copies of Windows 2000 in my laptop, and one is functioning and the other is not. During reboot, I have to select the one working or the system won't boot.

I suspect that the other Window 2000 operating system is taking up a lot of space in my laptop, and I would appreciate any advice how to remove it.

Thank you in advance.

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Share the BOOT.INI file here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 27, 2007 11:11 AM PDT

Please tell us which one works...

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While you will need to provide info ...
by Edward ODaniel / September 1, 2007 12:13 PM PDT

from your boot.ini to remove the menu option you can easily discover the working installation directory (folder) which would make the remaining one the one to simply delete.

Boot into your OS then open a command prompt (Start | Run then type CMD) when the command prompt opens type the following and after pressing the enter/return key the working installation will be named:
echo %windir%

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How to remove extra operating system in computer
by bradhawkins1 / September 28, 2007 6:12 AM PDT

Hi, I also have 2 extra windows 2000 operating systems on my hp pavilion. I installed msconfig and know which one to keep. I'm confused a bit on your explanation to keep the right one and how to delete the other ones I was hoping I could do it from boot.ini on msconfig. Do I type in the ones I want to delete and rename them or do I rename the good one. I'm not very computer savvy so I really appreciate your help. Brad Hawkins

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Share your BOOT.INI
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2007 9:39 AM PDT

You could have followed my tip and saved one back and forth. What I do is edit the boot.ini just a little in a safe way so I can be absolutely sure. But since you didn't share I have to wait for it.


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share your boot.ini
by bradhawkins1 / September 28, 2007 12:51 PM PDT
In reply to: Share your BOOT.INI

What do you mean I didn't share? I would like your help but I'm not sure what kind of info you need. I use windows 2000 my processor AMD athion 800mhz, hard drive 40gb, memory 256md sdram. Is this what you need or my boot.ini info? Thanks for help Brad Hawkins

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Yes, the BOOT.INI content would finish this off fast.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 28, 2007 1:07 PM PDT
In reply to: share your boot.ini

Using your BOOT.INI as an example I would share a SAFE change so you can be 100% certain of the line to remove. Your choice if you want to do this. But if not, just say so and I'll unsubscribe.


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deleting extra OS from your system
by onlymisslado / November 15, 2007 10:38 PM PST

write click on my computer, then choose advance, on start up and recovery, choose settings, then a notepad will appear, chose the last ones, usually the last ones are the ones which are not currently running, then click on edit at the menu toolbar and choose delete, remeber to make sure you are deleting the correct one otherwise you will loose lots and always buck up before this step.
Winnie Lado

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deleting extra OS
by vickylaray / November 4, 2008 9:58 AM PST

I tried your instructions and it deleted the wrong OS system. It showes
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition"/fastdetect

but it is starting in the Windows XP Professional which was the one I deleted. Can you tell me what I did wrong and how to fix it.

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For XP I would have used our XP forum but let's look
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 4, 2008 10:46 AM PST
In reply to: deleting extra OS

At the recovery console. It has this neat command called BOOTCFG

Use this command for boot configuration and recovery. This command has the following options:
bootcfg /add
bootcfg /rebuild
bootcfg /scan
bootcfg /list
bootcfg /disableredirect
bootcfg /redirect [portbaudrate] | [useBiosSettings] "

That /scan option looks good to me.

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(NT) removing extra operating systems
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