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Why do I have "Microsoft Windows Vista" AND "Windows Vista?"

Yeah, I have both of those on my one laptop! Why do I have two systems on one computer? I can just barely use it right now because it's so bogged down by running two seperate operating systems!

How the heck do I delete "Windows Vista?"

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(NT) Are these installed on separate partitions?

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there are 2!

These two seperate boots have two completely different groups of programs! The one I don't use is so slow because it has tons of different things downloaded onto it, which is why I want to delete it! The boot I use has literally NO programs on it as I wanted it to move faster. I tried deleting stuff on the unused boot, but it's so slow that it freezes whenever I try to delete something! That's why I want to get rid of the entire boot!

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Re: boot

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If these different systems (what you call "boots") are on different partitions, just format the one you want to get rid of. Or delete all files from it after you booted into the other one.


Kees

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Re: 2 OS'es

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When it was new, probably it had only one OS (Operating System). So somebody (you or a previous owner) installed the second one. If it was you, you should know. If it was the previous owner, ask him. That about the "why".

But since only one OS is active at the same time, the other one (the sleeping one, so to speak) doesn't do anything, not even influencing the performance of your laptop. So whatever the cause of it being bogged down, it's not that it has 2 OS'es.

Kees

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Nine times out of ten

Nine times out of ten, when you see something like this, it's little more than a phantom entry in the bootloader, and both of them point to the exact same OS. However, as Kees points out, even if there were two versions of the same OS installed, you would only be running one or the other at any given time, so your performance issues are unrelated.

So for the time being, I would suggest forgetting about the dual entries you see at boot and tell more about what you've done to resolve the performance issues. Once that is all sorted, you can circle back and remove one of the entries if it bothers you sufficiently.

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Forget it.

I'm getting rid of the computer in a little while anyway. I just thought I could keep it if I removed the other pointless half of the computer. It is another full boot and it slows my computer down too much to use.

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