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Old 11th October 2003   #1
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How to get rid of second copy of XP?


Hello everybody,
Some how I managed to install 2 copies of XP Home--one on the C drive and one on the D drive. So now when I boot the machine it asks which one to use. How do I get rid of the copy on the D drive?
Thanks for any help with this
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2 things you need to do.

1. On D: you need to delete the Windows partition. The 2nd copy will then be gone.

2. On C: you need to edit c:\boot.ini and remove the reference to the 2nd copy or else it will annoy you with a choice screen every time you start up. Boot.ini is hidden and read-only so you'll need to change those long enough to make the edit (notepad is fine for that) and then change them back.

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Newt,
Here is a copy of my "boot.ini" file. What should I remove?

[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="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect

I am a little paranoid about removing anything, afraid it might not boot again? And on the "D" drive you say delete the Windows partition--do I just delete the Windows folder?
Gene

Edit--I fixed the boot.ini file by removing the last line--still need to know how to remove the Windows from the D drive? Thanks


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You did it the safe way to edit boot.ini while you still had an OS in both places. And you did get the one that points to rdisk1 (rdisk0 is C: ).

Now you can just do like you thought and delete the entire windows folder. That will effectively make it go away.

Do you also have "Documents & Settings" on the 2nd drive? There may be some clutter the OS load placed on the D drive in addition to the Windows folder.

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Newt,
Yes it placed Documents and Settings, Program Files, and the Windows directory. I have changed all the folder names and added a "1" just to see if everything else booted and ran fine and it did, so nothing is using these files now. Thought I would just delete them? What do you think? I really don't want to format the whole D drive as I have stuff on there.
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Just deleting should be fine. No need to format the drive that I can see.

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Thanks Newt--that is what I will do. So glad to get rid of the double boot screen!
Thanks again--Gene

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