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Go From Dual Boot To Single Boot


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#1 Jollyr

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 01:34 PM

Currently have computer set up to dual boot, either to Win98se or XPsp2. Win98 was installed first, on one HD, FAT32 formatted drive "C" (Primary HD in BIOS). Then installed XP on another, separate HD, NTFS formatted drive "D" (Secondary HD in BIOS). Do I have to wipe out both drives and do a clean install of XP if I want to get rid of the Win98 install? Would like to be able to use the extra GB Win98 is currently on.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 01:50 PM

What I would do:

a. Remove the hard drive with Win 98 on it.

b. Place the XP hard drive as the only hard drive connected in the system. Then do a repair install of XP, which will result in new system files, including boot files, and will result in the XP drive being picked up as C:.

Users can also just delete the Win 98 folder and edit the boot.ini file to remove the Win 98 operating system. I prefer the 33 minutes or so that it takes to do a repair install :thumbsup:.

http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/bootini.htm#edit

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Posted 24 September 2007 - 02:49 PM

A couple of questions:

Have you ever tried this yourself or know of someone who did? (talking about performing the repair install)

If this should fail, would restoring the original hardware installation (replace Win98 disk and set it as primary) work? (i.e. boot back into dual boot config. with access to both OS's?)

Thank you.

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Edited by Jollyr, 24 September 2007 - 02:50 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2007 - 03:30 PM

What I would do:

a. Remove the hard drive with Win 98 on it.

b. Place the XP hard drive as the only hard drive connected in the system. Then do a repair install of XP, which will result in new system files, including boot files, and will result in the XP drive being picked up as C:.

Users can also just delete the Win 98 folder and edit the boot.ini file to remove the Win 98 operating system. I prefer the 33 minutes or so that it takes to do a repair install :thumbsup:.

http://vlaurie.com/computers2/Articles/bootini.htm#edit

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I wouldn't do a repair install. I'd use the recovery console and run fixmbr Just did it on my machine when my Linux drive went south
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 12:49 AM

Another thing you can do is to edit the Boot.ini file to remove the Win98 option.

How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 06:07 AM

I've done the repair install many times - and it has always worked for me (although the Windows Updates are a real PITA to reinstall). I use this link: http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm
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Posted 25 September 2007 - 08:07 AM

There are various ways to attempt to arrive at a solution...my intent was not to examine each but to lay out what seemed to be the easiest for a person who is not necessarily familiar with XP, Recovery Console, etc.

Good suggestions from all...

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 03:22 PM

Isn't boot.ini in C: drive? Remember, I have 2 physical drives, one with 98, the other with XP and I want to now boot from the drive with XP on it. If I removed the drive with 98 on it and set the XP drive as primary in BIOS and with the ribbon cable, wouldn't running the recovery console work? I don't have any experience with it but could follow instructions. (if the process would work)

Thanks.

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Posted 25 September 2007 - 04:32 PM

Found this. It might be all you need to do if you want to keep 98 and boot to XP first
"1. Right-Click on My Computer and select properties
2. From the System Properties window select the Advanced tab
3. Push the Settings button under Startup and Recovery
4. Select the default OS from the Default operating system dropdown box.
5. Click OK twice."
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Edited by garmanma, 25 September 2007 - 04:37 PM.

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