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XP Pro installed twice...is one removable?


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#1 pcgoindown

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 08:32 AM

I've been fighting a probable virus and as taking a suggestion from my friendly local PC guy, I did an new install of xp pro. Now I have two xp pros and this is stupid and unwanted for me. Can I remove the new one?

I have no data that needs to be kept on the machine (frankly I'm ready to use it as a frisbee anyway). Is it possible to return to original state of having only one operating system? I have the CD (SP2) and code.

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Mike

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 08:39 AM

OK, I found out how to remove the (D:) partition where I have the "new" windows installed..

Will deleting this get rid of the new Windows installation and..

Will the disk space go back to the C: drive automatically?

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 09:05 AM

I deleted the "Logical drive" which was (D:) and now there is 54,99GB Free Space where D: was in the disk management. Is it possible or even a good idea to open this space up for the C: drive?

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 09:11 AM

It is interesting that on boot-up there are still 2 possible OS to boot into (and the system recovery console). I have the default set as the original installation but is it possible to remove this "new" OS option from boot-up?

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 09:51 AM

Background material on unwanted dual install on same partition:

How to remove a second installation of a Windows operating system from a partition - http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=888023

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

There are several ways to correct your boot.ini file, this being one: Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm

There are any number of programs that will allow you (after reading instructions for use) to adjust/create partitions within XP. One such is Easeus Partition Master - http://www.partition-tool.com/easeus-parti...g-partition.htm

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Edited by hamluis, 02 April 2010 - 09:52 AM.


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Posted 02 April 2010 - 11:49 AM

Thanks Louis!

I will read up on this and see what the best options are for me.

Mike.

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Posted 02 April 2010 - 12:18 PM

Easily done, happy computing :thumbsup:.

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