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Removing Win98 from Dual Boot with Win2000

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I have a PC with a C: partition with Windows 98 and a D: partition with Windows 2000. Both partitions are FAT32. I like Win2000 very much and would like to get rid of the Win98 C: partition altogether. I have Partition Magic 5.0 on CD, if needed. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.
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For what its' worth my experience with the whole partition magic jigging/boot.ini editing in this situation is that while it's easy enough to fix it and get it to boot strange problems sometimes occur when you change the drive on which the systemroot is located.
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You can just delete the Win98 directory and edit the BOOT.INI file to boot into Win2K only.
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I know I can delete the Win98 directory, but what about deleting the C: partition altogether and making the D: drive become the C: drive?
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It depends whether or not your C: drive is your boot partition for Win2k. Check for the boot files (eg. boot.ini, NTLDR etc). The drive they're on is the boot partition. To change the partition you will need to copy these files to the D: drive, edit the boot.ini and then remove the C: partition.

There is no guarantee that this will work tho - I'd recommend starting from scratch if you want to do this.
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I know I can delete the Win98 directory, but what about deleting the C: partition altogether and making the D: drive become the C: drive?
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by:ToniVR
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I had the same problem, and I only deleted the Win98 directory. So Win2k stays on D:, while C: becomes a normal, but bootable, partition. OK, it ain't a perfect solution, but when you just delete your partition, you won't be able to boot again in Win2k without installing again or recovering the installation (as far as I know).

At final, I backed up all my data, including the My Documents folder, and started all over again (I finally had 4 partitions on a 15GB HD, with Win2k sitting on E. Quite messy).

And Partition Magic 5 does not support editing of the Win2k partition while running Win2k (you need PM 6, which I used for it).

Hope this helps,

ToniVR
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Thank you both for your comments. The PC is my home PC - I will try Macros suggestions tonight! :-)
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Make sure you have a rescue disk available. I won't take responsibility for having to wipe the disk and start again if it doesn't work.

You'll need these files on the D: drive:

NTLDR
NTDETECT.COM
BOOT.INI
BOOTSECT.DOS
NTBOOTDD.SYS (if it exists)
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Greetings, Macros, ToniVR, Tobyk and all. Here is an update. NTLDR, NTDETECT.COM, BOOT.INI were moved to the D: drive if they weren't there already. I deleted the C: drive with Win98 on it. Doing that made the D: drive the C: drive. Now there is only one drive on the hard drive, which is C:. The PC would not boot up. I inserted the Win2000 CD and booted from it and hit F8, selecting LAST KNOW GOOD CONFIGURATION. Lo and behold, the PC booted up, but here's a snafu in the successful boot: my pagefile.sys must have been on the former C: drive I deleted, because it is missing in action. The symptom is that it boots, the Win2000 splash screen pops up, and then a Message:

"<Limited Virtual Memory> Your system has no paging file, or the paging file is too small"

I click OK and the system saves my settings and the above mentioned message reappears. This is and endless loop.

I suppose I am going to have to burn a CD with a copy of pagefile.sys from another PC at work and bring it home to copy to the hard drive. Or, if anyone knows how to create pagefile.sys from the CD, I would appreciate that very much. I looked around on http://support.microsoft.com and didn't find anything.
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