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Delete XP Setup from boot screen

By kimscomputing ·
Have a computer that someone attempted to install xp on and stopped. So now it always asks XP Setup or WinME. Want to get rid of XP setup. Please tell me how to safely wipe it out of the startup screen and possibly hard drive.

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by HereInOz In reply to Delete XP Setup from boot ...

Not sure, but you might try looking in the boot.ini file on the C: drive. If that has a reference to the 2 boot options, it may be possible that you could delete the boot.ini file and all would be well, but i am not sure.

I would definitley take a verified ghost copy of that drive before I started doing anything like I have suggested, because it could bring the whole thing down. I have never done this before, but it is what I would have a look at.

Good luck.

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by wcp In reply to Delete XP Setup from boot ...

Boot from Windows 98 Startup disk and type ?Sys c without the quotes and enter.

Boot to Win ME and delete Windows XP system file (most likely C:\Winnt). I mean delete the whole folder.

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In layman?s language, when Windows NT (2000, or XP) is installed as dual boot (or more) with Windows 95 (98, or ME), Windows NT (2000, or XP) takes over the Windows boot process. By running ?Sys C command, Windows 95 (98, or ME) system files (MSDOS.sys, IO.sys, and Command.com) take over the Windows boot process and no boot screen with Windows NT (2000, or XP ) appears.

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by wcp In reply to

You may also delete boot.ini, ntdetect.com, and ntldr from C:.

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by kimscomputing In reply to Delete XP Setup from boot ...

I ran sys c: from win98 boot disk and now it boots to dos 8.. How do I change it to go to WinME?

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by kimscomputing In reply to Delete XP Setup from boot ...

Now I used a WinME startup disk and typed sys c: and restarted and it went to WinME. Yeah! Thanks!

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