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#1 madtowngurl

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 03:29 PM

Hi.

We recently got a computer from a friend, and it had Windows 98 installed on it, and we ran our Windows XP professional installation disk on it. Now, whenever we start the computer, it asks what operating system do we want to start with. XP works fine, but computer freezes up when we choose 98. Since it is taking up so much disk space, I wanted to get rid of 98, but am unsure how to do so.
Anyone have any suggestions? Please?

Thanks in advance for any help you may have!

Jennifer
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Posted 12 August 2007 - 04:23 PM

If it is not too much trouble your best course of action would be to "Wipe" the drive and make a clean install of XP.
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#3 madtowngurl

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 05:53 PM

We actually transferred all of our data from another computer that was having issues, so wiping out all of it would not e possible. We don't have another computer to transfer all of the pictures, music my husband produced, or all of his music programs he uses to.
Are there any other ideas besides wiping it out and starting over?

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Posted 12 August 2007 - 08:52 PM

yes 98 can be removed.

ok boot into XP

right click My Computer

select Manage

now from left side select "Disk Management"

you will now see both of you H/D or Operating systems

Just to make sure: Do NOT format the partition where Win 98 is. There are needed XP boot files there:

boot.ini
NTDETECT.COM
ntldr
CONFIG.SYS
IO.SYS

All other files and directories are either not needed or belong to Win 98 and can be safely deleted

Thanks pascor22234 very good pick up


once that is complete we need to edit the "BOOTINI" file, this is located

right click - My Computer - Properties - Advance tab - in the start Up Recovery click "Settings"

select Xp As defult fro the drop down box

now click the edit tab - notebook will open up (save a copy for back up)
an remove the line show Windows 98

once this is complted it should look like this

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


now you can restart your computer and Xp should boot automatically


Referenceing can be found here

http://thpc.info/dual/removedualboot.html

to clarifiy my Instructions

We just make XP/2K/NT the Default OS. Then Edit Boot.ini to remove the Win 9x line. XP/2K/NT will now boot directly. The Win 9x directory can then be deleted.

Example: Uninstall Windows 9x from a Dual-Boot with XP: (2K/NT are similar)


1. Boot XP.
- Make XP the Default OS: (Control Panel > System > Advanced tab
> Startup and Recovery > Settings > "Default operating system" list in System startup).
2. Boot Win9x (or boot with a Win9x boot disk inserted).
- Tip: uninstall any Win9x-only software.
- Backup, and then edit Boot.ini - read Edit Boot.ini #2 below.
- Delete the Win9x line in Boot.ini [C:\="Microsoft Windows 9x"].
- Save Boot.ini.
3. Reboot (remove any floppy!). Only XP will boot from now on.
- Delete the Win9x installation directory (usually C:\Windows) and any non-essential Win9x data.
- Delete the Win9x boot files on C: - Io.sys & Msdos.sys (Hidden files) & Command.com.
4. When all is satisfactory, create a new Rescue Boot Disk to reflect your new situation.

Warning: Do not Format the partition containing Boot.ini (but read Format ? above).


Good Luck,

Yankeebean

Edited by yankeebean, 13 August 2007 - 05:55 PM.


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Posted 13 August 2007 - 11:40 AM

Just to make sure: Do NOT format the partition where Win 98 is. There are needed XP boot files there:

boot.ini
NTDETECT.COM
ntldr
CONFIG.SYS
IO.SYS

All other files and directories are either not needed or belong to Win 98 and can be safely deleted.




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