A friend gave me a computer that turns out to have two copies of XP. The two choices on the boot menu look identical. I usually pick the first one or let it use the default. I tried the second one today -- a different desktop came up, not the one I usually see. I would like to clean up everything and have one normal copy of XP running.
~ Folders for WINDOWS and WINDOWS.OLD, with the OLD one apparently running, at least sometimes. Both have today's date for when it was last modified.
~ Two hard drives --C:\ has WINDOWS and WINDOWS.OLD, and D:\ has WINDOWS folder. The one on D seems to be an old copy since the file dates don't change.
~ Various folders and files that are duplicated. I can't tell if there's some sort of backup happening, or if someone just made copies. I know she had copies made when the computer had some maintenance done, but beyond that I can't tell much.
~ As of today, I have a Linux OS installed. That boot menu is somewhat more detailed and I can see that there are even more choices for XP there. I figured out which one brings up the two identical ones that I've used up to now.
~ Linux installed itself on the D drive, leaving about half of it for XP. That drive was almost empty and XP seems to be running from C, so I think I'm okay with the drive allocations.
Anyway, I would like to get rid of the extra XP OS and figure out if there is any sort of software creating copies of files since I might want to use it in the future. For now, I'm manually deleting files that seem safe, which means no system files until I know which to keep. Nothing obvious shows up on the list of software -- nothing to uninstall.
Edited by ejoan, 12 January 2015 - 03:47 PM.