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I previously have Window Me installed in my computer then I tried upgrading it to windows 2000 but I don't know how I did it. Now every time I start my computer I get to choose to operating system between windows 2000 and windows Me. How can I avoid having to choose the operating system everytime I boot up my computer? I just want to have Windows Me installed. Is it possible for me to erase windows2000?
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When you installed 2000, you selected clean install instead of upgrade.  I have never tried removing 2000 when on dual boot, so i'm not sure of what problems you may have.  Check to see if there is an uninstall in the add remove programs.  You can also change the default OS if you aren't sure what type of problems may occur.  Boot onto Win 2K and right click on My Computer and click properties.  Go to the advanced tab and at the bottom there is the startup and recovery button.  CLick on it and you can change the time and you can also choose the OS.
TO add to it... win2k already overwrited the MBR of the disk. this is the critical information on ur deive to let the computer know wht to boot.
unfortunately you can only remove it if you install anything above it... for example reinstall the win ME so that it over writes the Mastr Boot Record.

hope this gives some info...

Experts: please correct me anywhere if i m wrong.
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DO you have 2 partitions ?
If yes, then 1) Delete the \winnt and program files fron the second partition.

2) Boot from the winME CD or use a WinME startup floppy and type

fdisk /mbr

sys c:

That should eliminate the win2k install.

You can also delete the ntloadr files and boot.ini on c:\

I hope this helps !


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der 23 from the horses mouth (M$)
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q171/4/44.ASP
Removing Windows NT from a Windows 95/98 Dual-Boot Installation

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            NOTE: Use this information at your own risk.

   This article contains information about configuring or using
   Windows 95 in a manner that has not been tested and is not
   supported by Microsoft Technical Support.

   We suggest you back up your data before performing these steps.
   If the steps described in this article do not function properly,
   you may need to reinstall Windows 95 in order to restore your
   system to its previous state.

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The information in this article applies to:

Microsoft Windows 95
Microsoft Windows 95 OEM Service Release, versions 1.0, 2.0, 2.1, 2.5
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition
Microsoft Windows NT Server version 4.0
Microsoft Windows NT Workstation version 4.0
Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

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SUMMARY
This article describes how to remove the Windows NT Boot Loader to remove Windows NT from a dual-boot installation with Windows 95/98 and leave Windows 95/98 as the bootable operating system.



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WARNING: Following these steps may lead to data loss if your computer currently has a virus or you have disk-management software installed on your hard disk (such as OnTrack Disk Manager or Micro House EZDrive) to allow you to access a larger hard disk than your computer's BIOS supports.

NOTE: The following steps apply only to computers in which the boot drive (drive C) uses the FAT/fat32 file system and Windows 95/98/ME is installed on the boot drive.

Back up the critical data on your hard disk, and verify that the computer is not infected with a virus.


Boot the computer with your Windows 95/98/ME Startup disk. If you do not have a Startup disk, you can create one. In Windows 95, double-click Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, click the Startup Disk tab, and then click Create.


At the "A:" prompt, type sys c:, and then press ENTER. You should see a "System transferred" message.


Remove the Startup disk from the floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer. Windows 95 should start.


If you have completed the above steps successfully, you can remove the folder containing Windows NT (typically C:\Winnt).


You can delete the following files from the root folder:
      Ntldr
      Ntdetect.com
      Boot.ini
      Pagefile.sys (if present)
      Bootsect.dos
All of these files except Ntldr are hidden. To view them, start My Computer, click Options on the View menu, and then click Show All Files. To view file name extensions, click the "Hide MS-DOS extensions for file types that are registered" check box to clear it. Click OK.


 

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I have tried what patch575 suggested and i'm quite happy with the changes I made. Now when I start my computer it just load WinMe automatically without prompting any message. I don't care about the space that window2000 takes up in my hard disk as long as it doesn't bother my data in WinMe.

My problem is fixed.

Thank you.

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