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2 Installations of Win XP Pro

By airforceone42 ·
A few weeks ago, I got a virus on my computer and (long story short) formatted my hard drive and reinstalled XP Pro. Somehow, not sure how, I installed it on the E drive (I have two hard drives, one is partitioned). Shortly afterwards, I did a fresh install and now XP Pro is on the C drive. Problem is, every time I boot or turn on the machine, I now have two options upon boot up, either the 2nd installation of XP on the C drive or the 1st installation of XP on the e drive. What I would liketo do is remove the XP directory off of my E drive but I'm afraid of what might happen if I simply delete it. Has anyone had a similar problem and if so, could u please recommend to me steps to fix it.

Thanks ahead for any suggestions.

Very Respectfully

Joe

jburr@tampabay.rr.com

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by linuxtec In reply to 2 Installations of Win XP ...

Do not be afraid. The system is smart enough to fix this. But rather than delete, why not remove physically, one of the drives and see what happens? It would not destroy your system and you could put it back. You may find it automagicly set itself up to the one off system. If it comes up roses, then delete it. XP has some remarkable "healing" and detection" properties and can do so marvellous things. I beleive it will actually reset the two systems choice with one. Let me know how you get on...
Remember experimentation is the father of all genious...

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by hberkhoff In reply to 2 Installations of Win XP ...

1st boot with the last installation of Windows XP (The one on the C-Drive). Delete all files on the E-Drive (The files wich will belong to Windows XP, e.g. : E:\Windows, E:\Program Files etc..... Next : Right Click "My Computer" & select properties,select the tab : Advanced. Click on the Settings radiobutton in the files "Startup and Recovery". This will open up a new windows. Click on the Edit radiobutton.(This will open up the boot information)

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

When you look at the "disk" this will show you which physical disk you will use. Delete the section wich is revering to the 2nd disk. In this example is will be the second line (multi(0)disk(1)...........

But I think in your case it would be the first line. After adjusting save and close notepad and the other screens. You can now reboot your system with only one Windows XP Option

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by fadbel In reply to 2 Installations of Win XP ...

The second answer should be used as it confirms loading from the C: drive. A note about dual-booting. The area in boot.ini within quotes (" ") can be used to show which drive is associated with the boot. Just indicate C: or E: or any drive letterbefore the last ".
Also, any multi-boot system will ALWAYS look for C:\boot.ini. I have a similar problem which I'll post later.

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