Solved

Uninstalling XP on a dual boot system

Posted on 2003-12-07
2
1,664 Views
Last Modified: 2010-04-14
Had a dual boot system on two physical disks. Hard drive w/Windows XP as the OS crashed and had to be removed. Remaining drive was 20GB with Win2000 Pro as the OS. Made a partition on the drive and installed XP. Everything works fine but the XP volume is a little slower than I would prefer. That aside, I prefer Windows 2000 (C:\) over XP (D:\) anyway. Now I want the uninstall XP and the partition. From what I can see all sys and config files are located on C:\.   1) Can I just format D:\ and delete the partition?  2) What files do I have to make sure are available on C:\ so that the system will boot after removal of D:\?  Comments, ideas and suggestions are needed. That you very much.
0
Comment
Question by:cactusdr
2 Comments
 
LVL 18

Accepted Solution

by:
JConchie earned 60 total points
ID: 9898125
You could just reformat "D",  and edit your boot.ini to point to W2K...........but here is a set of instructions, that covers the minor details too:

In the example, substitute "XP" for "NT" and "W2K" for "XP"..........it's the same procedure.

Remove a XP/2K/NT and keep a different XP/2K/NT plus 2K and/or Win9x if also present.
We just make Win #1 the Default OS. Then edit Boot.ini to remove the Win #2 line and to make Timeout=0. Win #1 will now boot directly. The Win #2 directory can then be deleted.
Do not use System or Msconfig to disable the Win #2 - that's unsatisactory.

Example: Remove NT and keep XP: (other combinations are the same)
1. Create a 'temporary' Rescue Bootdisk for your current situation (1 floppy disk).
2. Make XP the Default operating system: (Control Panel > System > Advanced tab
   > Startup and Recovery > Settings > "Default operating system" list in System startup).
3. Tip: Boot NT. Uninstall any NT-only software that's mixed in with XP software.
4. Boot XP. Backup Boot.ini to Boot.inn (it's in root of the system partition).
5. Go to Start > Run. Type in - press [Enter] after each line
      CMD
      CD..
      ATTRIB -R -S -H BOOT.INI
      NOTEPAD BOOT.INI
    Confirm that the Default= line points to your XP installation, and not to Win9x.
    If only one OS will remain, change the Timeout=? to TIMEOUT=0
    Delete the NT line [multi(0)disk(0)rdisk( - it will be obvious which is for NT].
7. Save as Boot.ini, and exit Notepad.
      ATTRIB +R +S +H BOOT.INI
8. Close the Command box, and Reboot.
    It will boot straight to XP (if Timeout=0). Test.
9. If all is satisfactory, create a new Rescue Bootdisk to reflect your new situation.
10. Delete the NT installation directory (usually \WINNT) and any unrequired NT data.
Warning: Do not Format the drive containing Boot.ini (that's the system partition!).
0
 

Author Comment

by:cactusdr
ID: 9925706
Thank you.
0

Featured Post

Backup Your Microsoft Windows Server®

Backup all your Microsoft Windows Server – on-premises, in remote locations, in private and hybrid clouds. Your entire Windows Server will be backed up in one easy step with patented, block-level disk imaging. We achieve RTOs (recovery time objectives) as low as 15 seconds.

Join & Write a Comment

NTFS file system has been developed by Microsoft that is widely used by Windows NT operating system and its advanced versions. It is the mostly used over FAT file system as it provides superior features like reliability, security, storage, efficienc…
Marketing can be an uncomfortable undertaking, especially if your material is technology based. Luckily, we’ve compiled some simple and (relatively) painless tips to put an end to your trepidation and start your path to success.
Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (http://www.enterprise.efax.com), you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…
This video discusses moving either the default database or any database to a new volume.

707 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now