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Two Operating Systems Installed on Same Partition

by MomentsHaveYou / February 28, 2008 7:44 AM PST

I have two operating systems (Windows 2000 and Windows XP) installed on the same partition. How do I delete one of them? I have Partition Magic installed, if anyone has instructions using that program.

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Odds are
by Jimmy Greystone / February 28, 2008 7:48 AM PST

Odds are that Windows 2000 bootup entry is just a phantom, because while technically possible, it's rather difficult to get two operating systems onto the same partition. Even more so when we're talking two copies of Windows.

So just look for some program that can edit the boot menu, or boot.ini file -- I wouldn't recommend doing it by hand unless you know what you're doing -- and you can remove that.

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You simply boot into the one you prefer ...
by Edward ODaniel / February 28, 2008 10:58 AM PST

then delete the directory the other was installed to. Usually this will be Windows or WINNT. To ensure you delete the proper Windows directory you can make use of the command prompt. Click Start | Run type in echo %windir% then press the enter key. The Windows Directory that will show up is the one for the OS you have booted to and thus the one you DO NOT want to delete.

Both Windows 2000 and XP make use of the Documents and Settings directory (folder) so I would recommend just leaving everything it it alone.

To finish up you edit the BOOT.INI file to remove the listing of the OS you deleted.

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My suggestion is not to delete,
by ahtoi / February 28, 2008 5:17 PM PST

it will most likely screwup everything. The best way is to change the "startup and recovery" setting. I.E. default to the OS you like then change the time setting to zero second. But if the harddrive space is what you are after then you best bet would be to reinstall. Just my 2 cents.

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by froasier / February 29, 2008 3:10 PM PST

Probably your best plan is to back up your data and then format and reinstall one OS (I assume XP). At that point you can also easily partition the drive however you want. I once installed XP to the same partition as a Win98 installation for recovery purposes, and it rendered 98 useless, and was a mess overall (but got the job done, i.e. letting me back up the important data so I could format and clean install XP). The best thing to do is start fresh.

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2 OS on the same partition?
by tsmouse / September 2, 2010 7:46 PM PDT
In reply to: hmm...

Having 2 OS on the same partition can become a headache. It constantly conflicts, as they both appear in the registry. Back up the data that you need -Have all the drivers and legal licensed copy of Windows XP( I presume) and do a fresh installation. This is ultimately the best option, and your machine will run faster and you would have recovered all your initial drivespace that the 2nd OS were taking up.
Let this be a learning experience - 2 OS on the same partition is the same as 2 woman in the same kitchen - they are constantly in conflict to be in charge Happy

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by akashki / September 26, 2010 8:01 PM PDT

I have installed two times the windows xp and in the same partition now i getting my pc too slow so...... now how can i remove one of my non working win xp without disturbing the other........
pzl help me......... i am in need of that......
i am fed up of this now.............

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