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C:\windows & C:\windows.000 ....wtf?

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#1 x-talim-x


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Posted 20 August 2007 - 11:33 AM

Okay, so a year or so ago this computer got infected with a virus, and was sent off to a computer "specialist" to be fixed...

well low and behold somehow the guys managed to install windows on this machine twice..

im left with Windows and Windows.000 on the system (98se for those that want to know)

now, this boggles my mind as both folders seem to be pretty identical, but only windows.000 asks you to "show files" incase you damage them..

this makes me think that C:\windows isn't needed any more... BUT (and its a big but)

when you go to install new drivers, it always asks for me to insert 98se disk, but i can get around this if i copy this files from C:\windows..

I.E... its searching for C:\windows.000\somerandomdriver.ini

and i can solve this problem by erasing the .000... therefore ending up with


so surey its running off the original windows? correct?

who bloody knows? i hope you do!!

so is there anything i can do about this..

in the end of it, its only taking up .5 of a gig.. but on a 9gig HDD you need all the space you can grab..

aaaaanyways. please help. Adam

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#2 Derek_S


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Posted 22 August 2007 - 02:08 PM

Hi -
here's something to try to check what is being used:
first start up a dos window (don't boot into DOS), and type
path which will show the folders which are searched for the name to execute - probably starts with C:\WINDOWS
next do
echo %windir% which shows where the Windows is which is being run.

I'd be a little wary about things if it proves to be windows.000 - but you could try renaming the one not being indicated to see if it has any noticeable effect.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 04:07 PM

i think its time to move up to XP!!

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 04:15 PM

It could be they left the old copy so you could copy your old documents then installed it with the new directory that is pre-selected by the windows installation CD. I've done it before and it had no negative effects.

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Posted 29 August 2007 - 09:44 AM

to GET two ?windows version on there , did they partition it; I DID have two on mine using Partition Magic; if memory serves, I had enabled Win 2000 to 'see' windows 98 but win 98 could NOT 'see' 2000;

??what screen do you see when you boot up? do you get a choice of which windows version to boot up into?

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Posted 16 September 2007 - 03:03 PM

i've seen windows.000 directory in a failed install of windows. when it was installed again the installation cd said "it detected a windows version already installed(c:\windows), are you sure you want to install to that directory" . if you answer no the install will default to c:\windows.000

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