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uninstalling windows xp

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#1 runswithscissors


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Posted 05 May 2009 - 04:54 AM

A friend brought her computer to me and asked me to see if I could get it working. It had windows xp but when it booted up the operating system wouldn't load properly. She did not have the original installation disks.
Since the computer is going to be in the family room for the kids, she told me it was okay to install windows 2000, which I did. It's working fine but the old windows xp files are still on the hard drive under "windows" and of course 2000 installed to "winnt". Also, while booting up I get the screen with the option to boot to xp or to 2000 and I have like, 30 seconds to choose and so on.

I would like to avoid that option screen and I would like to get the windows xp files off the hard drive. Everything I've seen says to uninstall however, I can't find where xp is installed. Following instructions to start in safe mode, go to add/remove programs, and uninstall xp is a dead end because xp is not in the list of installed programs???

I tried osuninst.exe from the command prompt and received this error:

"osuninst.exe Entry Point Not Found
The procedure entry point createactctyw could not be located in the dynamic link library kernel32.dll."

I'm at a loss.
Any help is appreciated.


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#2 hamluis



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Posted 05 May 2009 - 09:48 AM

It sounds like you have XP installed on the same partition as Win 2K...which is unusual.

There are instances where users (including myself) have installed two versions of XP on the same partition, which results in 2 Windows folders. The simple solution to that is to just boot into thei install the user desires to keep...and delete the unwanted Windows folder and then edit the boot.ini file to remove the entry for the now missing 2d install.

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

Rather than direct editing of the boot.ini file (after deletion of the unwanted Windows folder), there is an easy way to achieve the same, using the msconfig tool.

Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm


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