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Win XP OS partitioning

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I believe I have the OS installed on two different drives C: and D: and I went into the CMOS but I don't know how to uninstall the OS from the D drive without deleting the partition and deleting all of my files on that drive. After I run the POST I'm shown an option displaying exactly two of the same WINDOWS XP options to select. Can someone present me with a clue or a way to isolate and delete the OS on D:.  If I try to Add/Remove WIN XP on D: will that do it without losing my data?

2ndly, the only way I've been able to access my data on both drives is by selecting the first option above and entering through safe mode. When I try to click on the user icons it keeps telling me that I have to register with Microsoft. I tried using the key code but it is old and now Microsoft is not excepting it?
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by:Darren Sharples
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boot into safemode
copy all the files you want to keep onto one partition
then boot into a windows cd and delete one of the partitions
(be aware you may break your master boot record doing this.  if you do, boot to recovery console and run bootcfg/add.
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by:pmrush2112
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Am I assuming correctly that  I move all my files to the C: drive and then reboot with the Win system disk and then delete the D: partition; then create a new D: partition for the 2nd drive. Is this correct?
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by:pmrush2112
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Also, what can I do to satisfy this request for MS registration since I owned the license for the OS and the key code doesn't work but is old. Is there anyway around this?
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by:Darren Sharples
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Your first question is yes, you are correct.

To the second question. as long as you have a valid key, if it doesnt allow you to activate online, you can call the number and activate on the phone through an automated system
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one more thing.  I know its common sense but be extra careful not to delete the c drive.  make a note of the partition name and or free space/total space of the one you want to delete.  It is not funny when you delete the wrong one... which I have done in the past :)
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by:pmrush2112
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Thanks, I appreciate the comments about the C drive and that has been my worst fear.
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