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By colvmicw ·
My machine has windows 2000 pro, recently I used partition magic to create a new partition on my hard drive. Somehow this wiped out my windows installation and the computer would not boot up. I reloaded win 2000 from a norton ghost image I had done before creating the partition. Now when it boots up it shows I have a dual boot with 2 win 2000 partitions, both with "default" on them. If you don't choose the right one the computer simply locks up and does nothing. How do I delete the bad operating system? I have checked to see if there are more than one partitions but there's only the one I'm using.

Thanks,
Mickey

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by dmiles In reply to dual boot

Yes,you will need to delete the other partition using partition magic or the command prompt and editing the boot.ini file

It locks up and does nothing because it was not partitioned and formatted,and had to be set as active as the primary partition

Windows 2000 on NTFS, FAT32 or FAT partition
1. Boot with Windows 2000 CD or Windows 2000 boot disks
2. If setup program asks you if you want to repair existing Windows 2000 installarion of fresh install new Windows 2000 select fresh install
3. When setup asks you to select partition, remove the Windows 2000 partition or any other partitions you like
4. Exit setup program (F3) without installing
5. If you had Windows 2000 installed od some other partition than c:, then delete boot.ini, bootsect.dos, ntldr, ntdetect.com and ntbootdd.sys (if exists) from c

After creating the partition,open My Computer and select the drive that has new partition,right click on drive and select format

You couls wipe both partitions out repartition and reload theghost image on first partition,this may be simpler.

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by valis In reply to dual boot

wow...

please disregard the first response you got, cause it's a load of unnecessary crap.

look on your hard drive for "boot.ini" and drop it into notepad.

it will show you "two" operating systtems, mine looks like this:

[boot loader]
timeout=1
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Professional It Really Whips the Llama's ***" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Verbose Diagnostic Boot" /SOS

the lines you want to delete is whichever one is the one you should NOT boot into, they'll be in the same order, let's say it's the second choice that doesn't work, delete the
"multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows 2000 Verbose Diagnostic Boot" /SOS"

line.

voila

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