removng windows me

Compaq / Presario 5000
October 23, 2009 at 10:20:18
Specs: Windows XP, copaq
My wife's friend installed windows xp and didnt uninstall windows me. I went into windows me add and remove programs but windows me doesn't appear.


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#1
October 23, 2009 at 10:45:00
That is because it is not a program but an OS. Usually by installing Windows XP it will over write the previos OS. How do you know ME is still on the computer? Is there a Windows and a Windows001 directory and it has a dual boot select when you first turn it on?

If so then remove the Windows folder but make sure it is the right folder. You can find this out by looking at the system variable. Click Start Click Run and type CMD. Then from the command line type ECHO %WINDIR%. This is the directory you do NOT want to delete. Delete the other Window directory.

Now you have to change the bootloader so that it no longer prompts you for a dual boot. This is done through the BOOT.INI file located on the root of your C: drive.

(Note, you may have to go to the Control Panel -> Select Folder Options -> Select the View Tab -> and uncheck the Hide System Files before you can see the BOOT.INI file.)

Right Click it and select Edit. This will open notepad with the contents which will look like this....

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS001="Windows ME Professional" /fastdetect

Remove the last line so it looks like this...

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

This will prevent it from dual booting every time you turn your computer. And now you are done. Good luck.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022


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#2
October 23, 2009 at 13:10:35
ME is dos based and does not use the ARC convention of multi.
It is only listed as follows in the boot.ini

c:\="Windows Millenium"

Reason is multi entry looks for ntldr whereas c:\ looks for io.sys and msdos.sys

If there is only one Windows folder on the ONLY drive it is safe to do the following;

remove the c:\ entry from the boot.ini or just make the xp the default and set the timer to 0

delete the hidden files
c:\io.sys
c:\msdos.sys
c:\command.com

or leave them since they take up no room at all. This all depends on your comfort level.


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#3
October 23, 2009 at 22:34:46
Wanderer... I hesitate to ask but are you sure that ME is DOS based, I thought that stopped with Windows 95! W95 being the first self contained OS not dependent on DOS.

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#4
October 24, 2009 at 02:20:14
"are you sure that ME is DOS based, I thought that stopped with Windows 95! W95 being the first self contained OS not dependent on DOS."

Subsystem-wise, Wanderer is correct. All versions of Windows (except those that were NT-based) up to WinME were DOS-based (and thus dependent on real-mode DOS). It was more "hidden" in ME than in 95/98, but still there...

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/269524


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#5
October 26, 2009 at 07:42:32
What Wanderer says is true but he is forgetting that you loaded XP which uses a NT based kernel and thus I believe my instructions still stand.

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#6
October 26, 2009 at 08:20:02
They don't stand. If you had ever done multiboots with 9x/Me and ntldr based os's like nt/w2k/xp/server os's you would know.

Might want to review this
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Window...


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