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Two OS's available, only need one.

Discussion in 'Windows & Other Software' started by philjayj, 11 May 2006.

  1. philjayj

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Jul 2004

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    Hi All.

    I have just upgraded a windows 2000 system to windows xp pro. for some reason though, when the system is booting up, I am asked to choose what OS i want to boot into.

    I only want the system to have Windows XP Pro. How do i completely remove windows 2000 and retain windows xp?

    Thanks, Phil
     
  2. Mekrel

    Soldato

    Joined: 2 Aug 2004

    Posts: 6,885

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    Delete the Windows 2003 boot partion from window boot.ini, this can be done via msconfig.
     
  3. philjayj

    Hitman

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    There isn't a delete option on the Boot.ini tab.
     
  4. me227

    Soldato

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    It'll be called check all boot paths. And providing that Windows 2000 is uninstalled properly, it should say it's invalid and delete that entry.
     
  5. Flying_V

    Gangster

    Joined: 1 Apr 2004

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    Location: London

    And I think you could go into XP - my computer - advanced - startup and recovery and change the boot file there?
     
  6. Anchundan

    Hitman

    Joined: 26 Feb 2004

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    Open explorer, go to your root drive, and open boot.ini (providing you are not hiding protected operating system files).

    Delete the line for the operating system you don't want.

    for example, my c:\boot.ini file has the following :

    [boot loader]
    timeout=10
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Full System (60GB)" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(2)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Gaming Rig (SATA)" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

    If I only wanted to see one version of windows, I would delete one of the last two lines. I suggest you delete the one that mentions Windows 2000
     
  7. philjayj

    Hitman

    Joined: 25 Jul 2004

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    Excellent. Worked perfectly. I booted into XP, deleted the folder for Win 2000 and deleted the line in the boot.ini file.

    Thanks everyone.