Remove one of two XP installed on same HDD

March 2, 2010 at 19:33:59
Specs: Windows XP, 2GB
I have 2 windows XP on the same drive and I want to remove 1.

My first windows XP pro has corrupted and became inaccessible and I couldn't remove it so I have installed a second windows XP pro.
When the corrupted loads it become all black and nothing happens.
I did a test and took repair the first windows. It loaded to the intro and stops there.
No way to fix it further so How do I get rid of it (as deleting it) without having to format my hard drive or removing my working Windows XP pro?
It just clog the hard drive and wastes like over a 1GB.


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#1
March 2, 2010 at 20:03:46
Just boot into the working installation of Windows XP and delete it as you would any other files.

Stuart


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#2
March 2, 2010 at 20:36:04
I tried to delete it manually from the working windows it wont let me delete it.
because the Flash9d,ocx says access is denied

When I was trying to delete the whole folder by right click / delete.


There's some files cannot be deleted it will say access denied.

So what I do?
Enter the folder and delete all the (deletable files)?


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#3
March 2, 2010 at 20:53:40
Assuming your first installation is on 'C' drive and you new installation is on a second partition, the deleting the first partition will delete your boot partition and prevent the new installation from booting. Even if you 'repair' the install to boot again, you will still have unused disk space BEFORE the current running partition and you will not be able to merge into the active partition. With aftermarket software, you might be able to 'slide' the partition forward on the disk, and then enlarge the partition and THEN 'repair' windows. BUT I think it SAFER to just back up your data and FORMAT your entire hard drive, and reinstall fresh/clean, it will also be easier and less trouble in the long run. 'bite-the-bullet' do it right.

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#4
March 2, 2010 at 21:02:50
Will take too long.

But is there a way to remove some files from the windows.

Like removing stuff without deleting vital stuff that control what you've mention?

I dunno much about its important parts.
Maybe could be system / system32.


PS
The new Windowxp was installed from scratch and is on a different folder called (NWINDOWS)


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#5
March 3, 2010 at 21:56:51
Is it on the same partition, or on a separate partition? If it is on the same partition, that would be highly unusual. In that case, you could boot from a Linux CD (not install, just run in RAM) and delete the files from outside of windows, but you would have to be careful with any files that might be shared with both installations. I still believe you might be better off backing up, formatting, and reinstalling everything correctly.

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