XP home edition

Posted on 2006-04-15
Last Modified: 2010-04-26
I tried to install XP Pro on my Emachine. Currently it's got a home edition.  It stalled when trying to run setup. However, when I restarted the computer, it show two options : Windows XP home edition and the second one is Windows XP pro run set up, I think. How can I remove the second one from this list and have it run the current one automatically?
Question by:VBdotnet2005
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    Accepted Solution

    You need to complete the installation.. when done... you can go to

    SYSTEM properties, ADVANCED tab, STARTUP & RECOVERY, click Settings, then EDIT the boot.ini.. Remove the OS that you don't want to appear in the list.

    Expert Comment

    What happened when the installation of Windows XP Pro "stalled" ? If it finished copying temporary installation files and then rebooted but couldn't actually boot you may need to press F6 during the installation and load drivers for the drive controller from a floppy.  In any case, if you've given up on the new installation can you should be able to select the original XP Home OS from the boot menu and then edit the c:\boot.ini file as directed by the previous post.
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    You were keen to install XP pro, otherwise you would not have tried it. No need to despair.

    Before installing, backup your data that you do not want to lose.
    Even though XP will recognize most of the hardware and peripherals the clean install does NOT furnish all the latest drivers.
    Use the Windows XP Pro CD and Boot.
    Press ESC as soon as you start boot up. When you get to the BIOS, access the screen that allows you to change the boot sequence. Set it to boot from CD before hard drive in the boot sequence.
    During installation, the windows will ask about partitioning etc: do a clean installation using full NTFS format, NOT Quick Format. this will wipe the computer free of all operating systems and will install a a fresh copy of XP Pro.

    If you do not want to try xp Pro, you can reinstall XPhome in the same way.
    If do not want to reinstall:
    1. As other replies: however, just simply deleting one of the operating systems will leave many, many files on your harddrive; and in your Registry, which you don't need.
    2. Restart your system, choose the operating system you want to keep installed on your machine. Once started up, click on the "My Computer" icon and locate the hard disks.  If you can see two drive icons (C and D) in the hard disk box, the process is easy: The copy you installed later resides on the D part of the hard disk. Right click the D-drive and choose format. This will delete the Windows Xp copy you don't need.

    Author Comment

    After I deleted XP pro setup from boot.ini, why does it remain on the list? Boot.ini still show this line :
    c:\$win_nt$.~bt\bootsect.dat ="microsoft windows xp professional setup"  I removed this line a few time alreay.

    Author Comment

    ok it it working now. Thank you :)
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    Expert Comment

    cool. thank you!

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