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Uninstalling windows from a dual boot configuration

by bhamer54 / August 23, 2006 7:04 AM PDT

Hello, I'm hoping that someone can help me out with this problem. I built my first computer about a year ago, and it went pretty well... OK here's my problem: I have 2 harddrives & I installed windows Media Center onto the second hard drive (XP pro on the first one). I wanted to test out media center thinking it would be a lot better than XP, and that I would just reformat my harddrive shortly later and start over w/ the windows edition of choice. Well media center never allowed me to set up my wireless internet, so I never use it. Since then I kinda forgot about it and allowed my harddrives to become nearly full of important files and stuff. Now when I boot I have to wait until it asks which windows to run & be careful to boot the second option (XP pro)or else I have to reboot.

My question is can I simply uninstall Windows Media center w/o reformating my harddrive?

- C drive has XP pro
- D drive has media center
- @boot it asks 1.Media center or 2. XP pro
then it gives you about 10-12seconds to make a choice before auto boot

Thanks in advance for any help!

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Not exactly
by john_mcdoogle / August 23, 2006 7:40 AM PDT

You can't really "uninstall" an operating system. You could format the drive with media center on it, and then find some program to alter the boot menu system to remove that option, which is what I'd recommend. Or you could just find a program that will edit the boot menu for you, and remove the media center option.

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Second suggestion sounds good
by bhamer54 / August 23, 2006 7:57 AM PDT
In reply to: Not exactly

I was a little vague with my first post. I built my computer to be a PVR system. I originally bought a 300 GB harddrive & filled it to capacity in no time. I then bought a 500 GB harddrive, later I added Media Center, even later both harddrives are nearly full (about 100 GB combined remaining available space). While some of that info is crap, most of it is important to me & I would hate to lose it by formating.

Is there some kind of option in bios, ind soor do I need to fme software on the internet? Suggestions on how to obtain software that will allow me to alter the booting pattern?

Thanks again!

Bryan

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No software needed
by linkit / August 23, 2006 8:10 AM PDT

Google: edit boot.ini

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Cool
by bhamer54 / August 23, 2006 12:09 PM PDT
In reply to: No software needed

OK that sounds easy. I will give it a shot. Anyone who wants to do this should go here for instructions: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022/

I will post back after I try this.

Thanks for your help!

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Anyone done this before?
by bhamer54 / August 23, 2006 6:15 PM PDT
In reply to: Cool

Has anyone done this before? I am a little confuse with the necesary syntax to do what I like.

I managed to get rid of the MCE profile that that was bugging me.

Now it bothers me that it still stalls while starting up to ask 1)XP pro or 2)default.

I would like it to not stop to ask which operating system since I only like the XP Pro... Is it best to try to delete ID2 (default), or to change the timeout to 0, or 1?

Anyone know the syntax to change the timeout to 0?

And again is that the right thing to try next?

Thanks for your help...

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Keep it simple
by linkit / August 23, 2006 6:40 PM PDT

If you want to get rid of MCE on ''D'', then move all important files off of ''D''.

Set BIOS to boot to XP Pro (C drive).

While running XP Pro, go to DISK MANAGEMENT and format ''D'' with NTFS. ''D'' is now empty and ready for storage.

Now, rather than struggling through syntax, just rebuild boot.ini via a few commands in Recovery Console:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;330184

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