xp pro and home installed. want to delete pro

September 3, 2010 at 15:53:14
Specs: Windows XP, 512
when I reformatted the hard drive with xp pro I didnt think I got a clean install so for whatever reason..I popped in the xp disc and somehow both xp pro and xp home are installed. they are on different partitions...not sure which is on C: and which is on D:...if this is even the case at all. I looked at disk management and from appears so. also says both are healthy..assuming thats a good sign. is it possible that the computer can run as normal with both installed with no issues. I would rather delete xp pro...reformat again with xp hoping to wipe everything out and start clean. also when it start to boot up..it stop and give a choice of which system to start. it stops at xp home..but I can arrow down to xp....can anyone help in getting xp pro off..so I can start out fresh again........or is this even an issue at all??

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September 3, 2010 at 17:23:17
It is generally a non-issue. It just means that you have two copies of Windows installed in separate directories. Other than taking up slightly more room and installed software possibly not working correctly in the one it wasn't installed in, it shouldn't cause any noticeable problems.

If you want to start out "fresh", just do so. The XP installer has an option to delete partitions and do a clean install; I don't know how you could have missed it.

If you want to keep the currently installed copy, you can edit C:\Boot.ini and remove the other Windows entry, as well as change the boot delay to zero.


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September 3, 2010 at 18:21:30
so basically...if I dont want to...I really dont need to do anything....just work with one or the other...and just leave the other alone...and I will be fine?

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September 4, 2010 at 06:18:53
I don't know how you went about the install, but if you had formatted properly, the HDD would have been completely blank & you would only have one OS installed. Did you boot off the disc or did you pop it in the drive while you were already booted into XP Pro? And why were you attempting to change the OS in the 1st place?

Since you said you have a C & D partition & XP Pro was already installed, Pro is on C: & Home is on D:. All the boot info is on the C: partition so if you delete it, you will no longer be able to boot.

You need to decide what to do....live with the dual boot & the wasted space taken up by the unused OS, or do the reinstall the right way.


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September 5, 2010 at 08:37:07
If the drive is large and you have lots of space... I'd live with both version installed; as that way you will likley always have one or other as a working OS...

One item though; where is data stored - in another partition or in each partition (e: ), or just either c: or d: ?

You could boot to Home; set it as default OS to boot; then reboot to verify it does so. After-which locate and delete the XP-Pro - windows (or winnt) - folder on c: - NOT d: . It may be labeled as either widows or winnt... Do NOT delete any files in the c: root - specifically: ntdetect.com ntldr, boot.ini otherwis system will not boot into whichever version at all...

Then reboot again - just to ensure you didn't delete the wrong folder (in the wrong partition). After-which you edit the boot.ini to remove references to the now deleted version in the c: partition.

The space then available in c: could be used for data. A little unusual to have data areas ahead of the OS etc. but not unknown...

But personally I'd wait until you have to rebuild the system afresh; as currently it ain't broke, so don't fix it?

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