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Reformat/reinstall Win Xp, Now Have Two Copies.


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#1 Mike1

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 12:30 PM

Hi folks,

Just completed a reformat and reinstall of Windows XP on my Dell 8200 to solve an Internet access problem (that thread can be found as "IE6 Quits Working After A Minute . . ." elsewhere in the forum). After booting from the Win XP CD that came with the Dell, I was given the option to decimate partitions (I had two, one about 30 MB, the other 39 Gigs + change) and format the beast. I eliminated both partitions, gave it the go-ahead to format, and let the CD do the rest. Everything seems to work fine (IE works as it should, too), except the boot process now halts midway and gives me the option to choose which OS I want, MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION or MICROSOFT WINDOWS XP HOME EDITION. Now maybe I'm just seeing double, but me thinks there's now a second instance of the OS floating around the hard drive (and, this is new behavior from this Dell). Any thoughts on whether or not this will lead to a problem down the line and/or how I can reduce the number of OS offerings to one (preferably the one that seems to be functioning okay)? And, lastly how did this happen (in other words, what should I have done differently to avoid having duplicates of the OS on the same machine)?

Thanks all,

Mike

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Posted 12 December 2005 - 12:47 PM

Generally this is a result of a choice made during the setup process (which isn't IMO, worded very clearly).

Here's a link that tells you how to get rid of the extra copy: http://www.cyberwalker.net/faqs/reinstall-...-copies-xp.html
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Posted 12 December 2005 - 02:42 PM

John,

I agree, the Win XP reinstall process wording is less than desirable. But, I probably misinterpreted something while doing the reinstall (despite my having TweakGuide easily accessible from my other Dell, which was KVMed to the system). Anyway, I'll give this a try sometime in the near future (unless it starts causing trouble beyond being an occasional annoyance). Could be I'm better off leaving it alone until the next reinstall; at least the Internet's working (and that's a major plus for my wife whose computer this is).

Thanks for the help and the link.

TTFN,

Mike




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