windows xp delete

Microsoft Windows xp professional w/ sp2
December 24, 2009 at 05:32:22
Specs: Windows XP
i got 2 windows xp installed and now i want to delete one of them.
i deleted windows folder but it still exists. what 2 do???

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December 24, 2009 at 05:54:18
How to remove a second installation of a Windows operating system from a partition

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December 24, 2009 at 06:01:00
It probably still exists only as a reference in your boot.ini file since you probably had it set up as dualboot. I hope the two operating systems were in different drives and you kept the one in C drive.

First locate your boot.ini file in the root directory of your C drive.
You may need to unhide protected system files to see it.

Open the file using notepad and view the contents.

This is what mine reads:

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional"
/noexecute=optin /fastdetect

Yours will contain reference to the second operating system and path to it.

Edit your boot.ini file so it resembles the single boot file. Just make sure you don't delete the wrong line as doing so will leave your boot pointing at a non-existent operating system.

If you are not confident with manually editing the boot.ini then you can rightclick on "My Computer" select Properties> Advanced> System startup & Recovery.

There you can set your default operating system as the one you know boots, and set the timeout to zero.

Next time you boot up it will bypass the dualboot menu and proceed to boot up your "default" operating system.

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December 25, 2009 at 02:48:10
i tried your second method of setting timeout to zero. but my PC has become very slow. is the second operating system still there? how can i completely remove it?

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December 25, 2009 at 05:03:02
you can format both xp operating systems and install windows xp thanks

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December 25, 2009 at 07:07:56
Clarify where you're at now?

Have you edited (at all) the boot.ini as was? If not... copy and post it here so that folks can advise you more clearly as to how it should look - after you've edited it.

Also do you know the folder name of the version now running?

If not then go: Start\run

and (in the run box) type:


and press Enter.

A window will open up listing the current active (booted) Windows folder contents. In the addres bar at the top will be path showing the correct name of the Windows folder you are using; e.g. c:\windows\system - or perhaps c:\winnt\system

Note what is there - hard copy. Yours will likely be windows (but could equally be winnt.... or similar).

The key part is the c:\windows or c:\winnt or similar.

When you find and view the boot.ini - that is the version you want set as default OS to boot; and also is the one "NOT to delete from boot.ini entries.

Setting time to boot to zero ought not to affect time it takes to boot, or actual performance of the version/installation booted...

When you do manage to boot up - look for the other version and see if it is still there on the drive - even though you say you have deleted it... Do this via Explorer or MyComputer.

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