Windows.0 folder vs Windows

May 7, 2005 at 19:20:14
Specs: WinXP Home, 2/256

A friend reinstalled WinXP Home and in doing so installed it into the new directory of C:\Windows.0 instead of C:\Windows.

Boot.ini is calling the new directory as is the registry.

What happens if the original C:\Windows folder is removed?

Thanks and regards,

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May 7, 2005 at 22:20:08

Just to clarify... You now have two versions/copies of XP installed; one as "windows" and t'other as "windows.o"; you can boot OK to the new/second version; you can (via second version) can locate the windows version (on whichever partition it resides) and wish to delete it?

If so then yes, you can do just that - delete the previous version (via XP Explorer in the second version). The second version will (should) still function OK. You can also edit out references to the original version from the boot.ini, afterwhich empty the recycle-bin and defrag the drive (to tidy up the scene).

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May 8, 2005 at 04:37:29


To clarify: Both folders reside on the only partition on the hard drive and that is the C: drive.
There is no reference to the original 'Windows' folder in the boot.ini.

Thanks again,

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