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Remove failed installation of W2kPro

By ggjr ·
I did a W2kPro upgrade installation from W98SE. My first attempt failed but I think it left the failed installation on my hard drive because at first when I cold booted I would be asked which OS I wanted to use. I fixed that by limiting my cold boot to the 1st option only. What I would like to do is, if it exist, remove the failed installation. Here is what my boot.ini (which by the way I can't find but I can pull up by entering boot.ini in the start/run dialog box) looks like.
[boot loader]
timeout=0
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
Thanks for your help.

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by p.j.hutchison In reply to Remove failed installatio ...

Looks like you need to delete the C:\WINNT folder to remove the failed install.

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by ggjr In reply to

I don't have a WINNT folder to delete. What if just delete the WINNT line reference in the boot.ini file?

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by ggjr In reply to Remove failed installatio ...

It was suggested I delet the winnt folder. I thought of that but there is no winnt folder to delete. Does that mean there is not acutally a second OS? How about if I just remove the line referencing WINNT in the boot.ini file?

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by willcomp In reply to Remove failed installatio ...

This link has a good description of how to remove Win2K in a dual boot system with Win9X.

Although you do not have a WinNT folder, you still need to remove files from root directory.

http://web.ukonline.co.uk/cook/uninstall.htm

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

Actually, you need to delete, not edit, boot.ini since it is not used by Win9X. But, as stated above, there are several other files in root directory that need to be removed (if they weren't there, boot loader wouldn't be reading boot.ini).

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by ggjr In reply to

I am not using Win9x. Did you read the question?

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by willcomp In reply to

Your description led me to understand that you had a failed Win2K upgrade and were still running Win98SE.

Yes I read it and it's not clear, so please limit your smart comments.

Reference above is still valid for removing a failed install with another copy of Win2K installed.

Dalton

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by willcomp In reply to

Copy msconfig.exe from a Win98SE or XP installation to Win2K System32 folder. Either one will work, but XP version is preferable.

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by dmiles In reply to Remove failed installatio ...

On the C: drive look for boot.ini. It's a Read-only file that has the menu choices you see displayed. First, change the properties to remove the read-only attribute. (in explorer, right click on the file and choose properties, then uncheck the read-only). Then, edit the file and remove the line(s) refering to the deleted OS and save the file. Next time you boot, that choicewon't be there.

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