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#1 Amy73

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 10:48 AM

I am sorta new to this, so bare with me!
I have a pc that has two OS's on the C drive; Home and Pro. My dad put them on here and now wants Pro deleted. I am getting different views on this. Some say I will have to reformat the drive and reinstall saving info to cd; while others say I can move Pro to a different partition. I dont want to make a partition for Pro. I want to just delete it and have the info saved to put on Home Edition. I do not want to mess anything up so give me any tips or advice you have!

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 11:21 AM

You can simply open up My Computer > Right-click the pro partition > Format... > NTFS

Or you can use a partitioning tool to "safely" remove the partition while keeping your other files and partition intact.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 11:59 AM

pro could have updated home and replaced it if run as an upgrade or repair disk, but if run as a dual boot then it would have left home alone, the problem is the boot files were altered with pro being installed

either way the computer is already messed up, never install 2 OS's to the same drive

back up your data and do a complete reinstall of home

I know that sounds drastic but in the long run it's the best option
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:19 PM

You can simply open up My Computer > Right-click the pro partition > Format... > NTFS

Or you can use a partitioning tool to "safely" remove the partition while keeping your other files and partition intact.



Since they both are on C: drive, I don't think I wanna remove it, right?
I will get a disk and delete and start over. Tyvm for your help :thumbsup:
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:21 PM

pro could have updated home and replaced it if run as an upgrade or repair disk, but if run as a dual boot then it would have left home alone, the problem is the boot files were altered with pro being installed

either way the computer is already messed up, never install 2 OS's to the same drive

back up your data and do a complete reinstall of home

I know that sounds drastic but in the long run it's the best option


Tyvm for your help. Ya, my dad doesnt know much about computers.lol :thumbsup:
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:27 PM

Actually, I think that all you had to do was delete the Windows folder which you did not want...from the other O/S...assuming that the boot.ini file was not an issue.

Deleting that folder would have eliminated the separate registry and files for that O/S, as long as you did it from the Windows which you wanted to keep.

I know this from experience (two installs of Windows on same partition) and I'm supposed to know better than to do so :thumbsup:.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:38 PM

Actually, I think that all you had to do was delete the Windows folder which you did not want...from the other O/S...assuming that the boot.ini file was not an issue.

Deleting that folder would have eliminated the separate registry and files for that O/S, as long as you did it from the Windows which you wanted to keep.

I know this from experience (two installs of Windows on same partition) and I'm supposed to know better than to do so :thumbsup:.

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So from Home; delete the windows folder for Pro?
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:41 PM

your boot.ini would still list the deleted one, what about program folders, and all the other stuff on the root directory?

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 06:46 PM

If you want to keep Home...

Reboot the system. The screen should give you the two different operating systems and await your choice of which you want to boot into.

Boot into Home, delete the Pro Windows folder.

You will also have to make a minor edit to the boot.ini file to keep it from reflecting an O/S that no longer exists, but it's simple, here is a useful link:
How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;289022

Additional reading material:
XP FAQ, Two XP Installs On Same Partition - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html#20

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:07 PM

If you want to keep Home...

Reboot the system. The screen should give you the two different operating systems and await your choice of which you want to boot into.

Boot into Home, delete the Pro Windows folder.

You will also have to make a minor edit to the boot.ini file to keep it from reflecting an O/S that no longer exists, but it's simple, here is a useful link:
How to edit the Boot.ini file in Windows XP - http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;289022

Additional reading material:
XP FAQ, Two XP Installs On Same Partition - http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html#20

Louis



Thank you. I will try it later.
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:10 PM

Let us know how it goes...and ask here if you want/need advice during any part of the operation :thumbsup:.

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 07:14 PM

I will let you know. Thank you again.
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