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removing 2nd windows on same drive

By m_cully ·
had a corrupt version of xp home and loaded xp pro on same drive in different folder. was able to repair xp home now want to remove xp pro from drive.. how can I do this

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by Parbo In reply to removing 2nd windows on s ...

there is no uninstall process for an OS, but you have to boot into XP home and go to the system properties, advanced and startup and make sure you set the correct OS as the default booting OS.
Then the other step is deleting the XP pro folder.

and possibly the folders that got created under Documents & settings... Be carefull what you delete under this one. You dont want to delete your XP home profiles.

Good luck..

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by wcp In reply to removing 2nd windows on s ...

I am assuming you are dual booting (XP Home and XP Pro) and now you only want XP Home. If this is not the case, you need to provide more information of your current Windows boot screen and how you installed XP Pro in detail.

Basically you need to change the content of boot.ini file and once the whole thing proves to be working, you delete XP Pro system file folder.

As a precaution, backup your data before trying this.

First you make the boot.ini visible. Open Windows Explorer. Navigate to Tools < Folder Options < View. Check on ?Show hidden files and folders?. Put check mark on ?Hide Protected operating system files (Recommended)? and OK.
Open the boot.ini. It is in C:.
It should be something like below.

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

Notice that the ?Winnt? folder relates to XP Pro and ?Windows? to Home in the above example.
Your folder names might be different.

Make sure the ?default=? is set to XP Home folder. So in this example, you change it to ?default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)Windows?

Delete the 5th line above that is relating to XP Pro.
Save the changes.

Reboot the computer. The computer should load to Windows XP Home directly (i.e. no boot menu).
Open Windows Explorer and delete the ?Winnt? folder.

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