Two Installations of Windows XP Home Edition XP Exist on the Hard Drive of my Dell Inspiron 8600

I was adviised to install Windows XP Home Edition in another partition because of a corruption of the original installation.

I was able to successfully recover my files.

I now want to remove the original OS installation, which is corrupted and unusable and is using a significant amount of hard disk space.

How do I do this???
alphastarvAsked:
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SheharyaarSaahilCommented:
Hello alphastarv =)

If you are sure that you want to do this, then you must have a Windows folder for the old installation of XP on the C: drive, delete this folder of Windows from safemode, and then restart the system, and do this,
Goto Start>Run>msconfig>Boot.ini
and click on Check All Boot Paths
does it ask to Remove an Invalid Entry
say Yes and let it to finish
restart and now it shud boot straight into the valid installtion :)

And you can edit ur Boot.ini manually also to remove the other OS entry.
HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289022

It should remove the Old installation from the system :)
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sramesh2kCommented:
"I have two installations of XP on the same partition, how do I remove the one I don't need?"

Here is another version of Shehar's advice.
http://michaelstevenstech.com/twoxp.txt

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BondfromHPCommented:
I wouldnt.

After doing a parallel install (which violates Microsofts EULA) you should back up your data, and do the full recovery procedure that your manufacturer provides for you
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da_dj_of_soundCommented:
Simple....from your current installation of Windows XP, first  Right Click on My Computer -->Properties --> Advanced --> "Settings" under "Startup and Recovery" and choose your default operting system there and click OK-->Apply. Now, delete your old installation (usually loaded in C:\Windows) and you should be all good. If that doesn't work, as SheharyaarSaahil said,

Goto Start>Run>msconfig>Boot.ini
and click on Check All Boot Paths
does it ask to Remove an Invalid Entry
say Yes and let it to finish
restart and now it shud boot straight into the valid installtion :)

And you can edit ur Boot.ini manually also to remove the other OS entry.
HOW TO: Edit the Boot.ini File in Windows XP

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q289022 

Cheers!
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