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Old July 4th, 2009, 04:27 PM
thename1000 thename1000 is offline
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XP dual boot possibly same partition. Want to remove one.

Hey all,

I recently accidentally deleted a needed windows file in C:/, and got a non bootable NTDETECT failed error on restart.

After much attempt I finally got hold of a windows cd so I could repair it. Anyway, I somehow did something that looked like reinstalling windows. After the process was complete I was left with two XP's. The first a brand new one, the second my NOW working old one. The files were back to where they were supposed to be on the old xp by the way so it works. I want to delete the new xp.

How do I tell if this new xp is a new partition or on the same?

Then, how do I remove it safely?

Thanks!
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Old July 4th, 2009, 05:56 PM
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2 windows

I have the same problem. Tried to repair a missing file and now have two xp's
and it is eating up disk space. Hope we can get help
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Old July 4th, 2009, 05:59 PM
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I found this online for the same deleting xp in the same partition:

1. Boot to the desired version of Windows XP you want to keep.
Making note of the position in the boot menu. This will be
important when you edit boot.ini.

2. Open a command prompt * and type "echo %windir%" without the
quotes but with the %. This will give you the current Windows
folder you are using.

3. From Explorer, delete the folder containing the installation you
want to remove. The original install folder is usually called
Windows and subsequent folders will be derivatives of Windows
or Winnt.

4. From System Properties [Winkey+Pause/Break] > Advanced Tab >
Statup and Recovery > Settings > Edit.

5. Select the Edit button and from notepad, first backup boot.ini,
by going to File; Save As and rename boot.ini. to something like
boot.inibak.

6. Remove the line referencing the installation not chosen; you made
note of in step one.

7. Set timeout=0 so the system boots directly into Win XP (you will
not get the boot menu).

8. Save As boot.ini & Exit.

9. Reboot.



I don't know how accurate that is.

I need to know first if I have two different partitions or two on the same.
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Old July 5th, 2009, 09:39 PM
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tried this nothing happened.Also tried to reformat to start over and can't format the hard drive
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Old July 6th, 2009, 01:37 AM
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yeah no success for me either. I don't want to reformat I mean it works fine for me but I want to just boot off of one. Any advice?
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Old July 6th, 2009, 02:51 AM
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tried this nothing happened.Also tried to reformat to start over and can't format the hard drive
how are you trying to format the drive?
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:19 AM
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I'm booting the computer with a dos 6 boot disk. When I type format c: I get a error message wrong paramater. If I switch to C; and type format it says invalid command
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Old July 7th, 2009, 05:40 AM
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try

a:\

format c: /s
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Old July 8th, 2009, 03:21 AM
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In XP the hard drive is C:, with two versions of XP(one working one not) and no space left on the HD. In dos the is no C: but there is an R: drive. Attempting to format R: gets the message "can not format a network drive"
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Old July 8th, 2009, 03:43 AM
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can you boot from the windows xp disk? as you can delete the partitions within there, as this will be easier and better
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Old July 8th, 2009, 05:49 AM
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The cd will boot and give me 3 options continue current upgrade, cancel and start new upgrade and and exit with no install
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Old July 8th, 2009, 06:16 AM
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is this an upgrade version of XP? if this is you cannot install windows, you can only upgrade from another older version of Windows
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Old July 8th, 2009, 03:33 PM
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How do I clean the disk? there are two versions of XP and no room to reinstall 2000.I can't get rid of one of the XP's or re format. There must be a way to clean the disk
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Old July 8th, 2009, 10:52 PM
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Any help for me? I do NOT want to reformat anything.

I found out that by using Acronis there (i THINK) is a new partition under C drive. Its around 4 gigs. Does this sound like the new install of XP?

What about making a new backup of C:/ only and restoring it. Would this delete the new XP partition? (If it is a partition)?

Any ideas?
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Old July 8th, 2009, 11:04 PM
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...so you do not want to format your drive now?
the 4gb partition may be a recovery drive on a separate partition.
4gb is extremely small if it was the whole drive itself inc partitions.
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