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#1 Karnage219

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:03 AM

OK so recently my computer messed up and i needed to reformat it(well that was the easiest thing to do) When I first started the re-format process, halfway thru it there was a power blackout, the system corupted and i started the process again. Now it asks which operating system i want to boot.
Windows XP Professional
or
Windows XP Professional
both labeled the same but one is corrupted one is not. But the main issue is that i now have a several new folders.
WINDOWS
WINDOWS.0
WINDOWS.1
WINDOWS.2
Now the hard drive on this computer is small, and all of these extra windows folders are taking up valuable space that i need. Can anybody please help?

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#2 Stang777

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 03:05 AM

The best thing to do would be to just reformat it again

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:05 AM

FWIW: Every attempt made to install Windows...should result in a new boot entry. Every partially successful attempt to install where there is an existing install...may result in duplicate Windows folders.

I agree that the simplest solution would be to just delete all existing partitions...format/install again.

But it's not the only way to correct this.

You could boot into the install which you want to keep...and do two things:

a. Delete all other Windows folders, taking care that you choose the right ones.

b. Modify the boot.ini file via Removing the invalid entries from Boot.ini - http://windowsxp.mvps.org/bootopt.htm . There are other ways to do this but they are more laborious, IMO.

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#4 Allan

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Posted 15 November 2011 - 08:17 AM

It looks less like a format and clean install than multiple installations. You need to start from scratch. BOOT to the XP CD, delete the system partition, recreate it, format, install.




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