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Transferring Files to a Parallel Installation of XP

I have just re-installed windows XP Home on my laptop having been advised to do so by the manufactuer due to Windows not loading when the machine was turned on. The re-installation went tickity boo apart from the fact that I've managed to install a parallel version instead of creating the new installation as the only one on my hard disk. This means that of the 80GB on my hard drive, 35 is taken up with the previous Windows which is still there and all the files that were contained within it.

I would like to be able to boot to this new and uncorrupted version of Windows but have most of the files which were contained in the old one. Basically, transfer from the old to the new. I'm quite happy to re-install programs and stuff but the thing is, from my 'new' desktop which contains absolutely nothing, I can't get them in the add/remove programs list to do so. I could go in through explorer but from what I know just deleting things isn't a great idea.

Can anyone tell me how to get the old windows into the new?

Many Thanks from a stressed out old fart who could do without the hassle of his own stupidity.

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Files = ABSOLUTELY! Programs = no.

In reply to: Transferring Files to a Parallel Installation of XP

One thing is not the other and Microsoft designs Windows with many roadblocks to stop us from moving programs from machine to machine or even across a parallel install.

So the answer is to use Explorer to copy the files over and to install programs as you need them.


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In reply to: Files = ABSOLUTELY! Programs = no.

Cheers. Well it looks as if I'll be stuck inside for the next week trying to install all that I can't move and trying to transfer my files. Does any body know how I remove the 'old' XP from my system and all the now useless programs (the ones I can't transfer) with it?

Thanks again.

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After you get your files all safe, here's what I do.

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1. I look at my BOOT.INI to find the old Windows home directory.

If it is seperate from my new install I can simply delete that directory.

2. Then I edit BOOT.INI and remove the old boot item.


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