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Anonymous
October 10, 2004 5:13:41 PM

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I had a crash and was unable to boot so I installed a 2nd
copy of Windows XP which I labeled Windows1. After
booting I reinstalled or moved all the software and data.
Everything is working OK but I need to get rid of the
junk I created. I do not know which version of Windows
is being used, the original 'Windows' or Windows1' so I
don't know what to remove. If I rename the wrong one and
it won't boot I don't know how to proceed at that point.
I know how to use the tools to repair the system but I
would like help on what procedure to follow.

Thanks.
..
Anonymous
October 13, 2004 1:06:34 AM

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Hello DickG,

Well first of all is your hard drive partitioned with just one partition?

If so then you can boot up then go to the root of your C:\ (or whatever
you local drive number is) and look for the boot.ini file. If it isn't
there then you will need to go to tools - Folder options - View. From here
click the show hidden files and folders button then uncheck the Hide
Extentions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files.
You will get a Message stating..

You have chosen to display protected operating system files (files labeled
System and Hidden) in Windows Explorer.

These files are requires to start and run Windows. Deleting or editing
them can make your computer become inoperable.
Are you sure you want to display these files.

Click Yes then OK.

Now look for the boot.ini file again. Double click it and it should open
in notepad. Now if you look under Default you will see the path of the
operating system that you are booting to. If there are multiple paths
under the heading operating systems then you should be able to change the
timeout= value to like 30 so you have time to choose which O/S you want to
boot to.

I hope this helps ...


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Jody Atkins
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| I had a crash and was unable to boot so I installed a 2nd
| copy of Windows XP which I labeled Windows1. After
| booting I reinstalled or moved all the software and data.
| Everything is working OK but I need to get rid of the
| junk I created. I do not know which version of Windows
| is being used, the original 'Windows' or Windows1' so I
| don't know what to remove. If I rename the wrong one and
| it won't boot I don't know how to proceed at that point.
| I know how to use the tools to repair the system but I
| would like help on what procedure to follow.
|
| Thanks.
| .
|
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Anonymous
October 16, 2004 8:07:03 PM

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Thank you very much. I now know I am booting using Windows1. Is it safe to
remove (or change the name and THEN remove) Windows?

Also, in the process of insuring I had all the data, I created a number of
spurious users, but I amnot sure which is which, and whether they too, can be
safely removed. Can you please help me once again.

I hope this drive lasts a l-o-n-g time. I don't want to go through this
again.

"Jody Atkins" wrote:

> Hello DickG,
>
> Well first of all is your hard drive partitioned with just one partition?
>
> If so then you can boot up then go to the root of your C:\ (or whatever
> you local drive number is) and look for the boot.ini file. If it isn't
> there then you will need to go to tools - Folder options - View. From here
> click the show hidden files and folders button then uncheck the Hide
> Extentions for known file types and Hide protected operating system files.
> You will get a Message stating..
>
> You have chosen to display protected operating system files (files labeled
> System and Hidden) in Windows Explorer.
>
> These files are requires to start and run Windows. Deleting or editing
> them can make your computer become inoperable.
> Are you sure you want to display these files.
>
> Click Yes then OK.
>
> Now look for the boot.ini file again. Double click it and it should open
> in notepad. Now if you look under Default you will see the path of the
> operating system that you are booting to. If there are multiple paths
> under the heading operating systems then you should be able to change the
> timeout= value to like 30 so you have time to choose which O/S you want to
> boot to.
>
> I hope this helps ...
>
>
> Best Regards,
> Jody Atkins
> Microsoft Online Support Engineer
> Get Secure! - www.microsoft.com/security
> =====================================================
> When responding to posts, please "Reply to Group" via
> your newsreader so that others may learn and benefit
> from your issue.
> =====================================================
> This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
> Let me know if you have any other questions or if I can help.
>
>
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> | I had a crash and was unable to boot so I installed a 2nd
> | copy of Windows XP which I labeled Windows1. After
> | booting I reinstalled or moved all the software and data.
> | Everything is working OK but I need to get rid of the
> | junk I created. I do not know which version of Windows
> | is being used, the original 'Windows' or Windows1' so I
> | don't know what to remove. If I rename the wrong one and
> | it won't boot I don't know how to proceed at that point.
> | I know how to use the tools to repair the system but I
> | would like help on what procedure to follow.
> |
> | Thanks.
> | .
> |
> |
> |
>
>
Anonymous
October 17, 2004 2:25:03 PM

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One more thought - what would happen if I changed boot.ini to read Windows
instead of Windows1? I can't tell if the former is as up to date. I just
thought of that as an alternative to removing and changing names.

Many thanks again;

"DickG" wrote:

> I had a crash and was unable to boot so I installed a 2nd
> copy of Windows XP which I labeled Windows1. After
> booting I reinstalled or moved all the software and data.
> Everything is working OK but I need to get rid of the
> junk I created. I do not know which version of Windows
> is being used, the original 'Windows' or Windows1' so I
> don't know what to remove. If I rename the wrong one and
> it won't boot I don't know how to proceed at that point.
> I know how to use the tools to repair the system but I
> would like help on what procedure to follow.
>
> Thanks.
> ..
>
>
>
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