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How Do I remove operating system from two of one

Posted on 2011-03-17
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Hi
1).My dell inspiron  already has a windows Xp professional operating system. But some how i installed again in diferent drive..
So now i have same operating system as twice. I want to remove one of them.
How can i remove one operating system which is not using from my laptop..

2).And at the same my sound device is not working..I can't play any music on my laptop. Any idea..
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by:CHutchins
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Without seeing the machine I cant tell you how to remove the duel os as if you remove the wrong one you are starting over.

No sound... go to dell and get the latest drivers.
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by:endege
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I'm guessing that when you are booting you get options to choose the Windows version you want to run.

To remove this you need to edit the boot.ini (hidden system file) and remove the Windows OS that you do not want to use. You need to edit the boot.ini from the patition that you installed the second time.

If you want you could install the OS again (after you back-up your data) and choose the option to format C:\ and install windows on C:\. After this you can remove the windows files from the second partition.

For sound, you need to install the latest drivers from dell by following this link: http://support.dell.com/support/downloads/index.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=gen
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by:lucky20
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where would be that file boot.ini..How can i found that file in my laptop or do i need to insert the Os cd agian..
lil confused.

thanks
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by:endege
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The file is usually found on C:\boot.ini just type that in the address bar of your Windows Explorer and it will open.
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by:lucky20
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hey
I just clicked that link and I followed the instructions to install audio..

I tried it previously.. evry time i am getting  server busy message.


I found this information in another link.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/289022

To remove the operationg system..
c;>/bootcfg/delete /ID # ?


I tried this one too.
It didn't work out..
Do you know anything about this.
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by:Grant1842
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Hey you can allways go to www.drivereasy.com it is FREE and will get you a driver for your sound.
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by:houssam_ballout
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edit the boot.ini and remove the second entry!
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lucky20, if you still don't know how to open boot.ini do this:

Open Notepad and go to File->Open
In the new window where it writes File name: type: C:\boot.ini

This will open the boot.ini and it should look like below

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

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Delete the second row from here:
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(1)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINNT="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect

Open in new window


This should solve the problem.
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by:lucky20
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@endege

Thank you..
I delete it..
I installed drivers again.Now my audio system also working..
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