Installed Windows XP twice (inadvertantly)...

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

....Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've tried to simply
delete W.0 but I keep getting a message saying the system files are in use
and can't be deleted. I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help
me on this one?
Thanks.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    I've done this to. This is what I did

    Create a folder, name it whatever you want
    Drag windows.0 into this folder
    Delete the folder you created
    Empty recycle bin

    Hope this helps


    "Nick0Demus" wrote:

    > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've tried to simply
    > delete W.0 but I keep getting a message saying the system files are in use
    > and can't be deleted. I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help
    > me on this one?
    > Thanks.
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    If you have two copies of xp (windows & windows 0),then install xp cd,exit the
    info page,restart computer,boot to xp cd (you may need to adjust for this
    in the
    BIOS,priority boot device or similiar),once at cd boot info page,select
    recovery,
    press enter key for password,then type:DiskPart In DiskPart,delete the
    unwanted
    partition with windows on it,then press Esc Key,then type:EXIT Let xp
    restart,
    In xp,go to run,type:diskmgmt.msc In msc,R.click on the now free
    space,format.

    "Nick0Demus" wrote:

    > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've tried to simply
    > delete W.0 but I keep getting a message saying the system files are in use
    > and can't be deleted. I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help
    > me on this one?
    > Thanks.
    >
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Andrew the poster doesn't have multiple partitions he has two installs of XP
    in the same partition. That is why he has two Windows directories one being
    called Windows.0

    --

    Harry Ohrn MS-MVP [Shell/User]
    www.webtree.ca/windowsxp


    "Andrew E." <eckrichco@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:B187F1E9-F1CF-4A77-BB59-85A2B62A8D3D@microsoft.com...
    > If you have two copies of xp (windows & windows 0),then install xp cd,exit
    > the
    > info page,restart computer,boot to xp cd (you may need to adjust for this
    > in the
    > BIOS,priority boot device or similiar),once at cd boot info page,select
    > recovery,
    > press enter key for password,then type:DiskPart In DiskPart,delete the
    > unwanted
    > partition with windows on it,then press Esc Key,then type:EXIT Let xp
    > restart,
    > In xp,go to run,type:diskmgmt.msc In msc,R.click on the now free
    > space,format.
    >
    > "Nick0Demus" wrote:
    >
    >> ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've tried to simply
    >> delete W.0 but I keep getting a message saying the system files are in
    >> use
    >> and can't be deleted. I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone
    >> help
    >> me on this one?
    >> Thanks.
    >>
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    Nick0Demus wrote:
    > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've
    > tried to simply delete W.0 but I keep getting a message
    > saying the system files are in use and can't be deleted.
    > I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help me on
    > this one?
    > Thanks.

    A little more info on how you ended up with this mess would
    have been helpful. For instance, why did you install XP twice.
    What happened to your original installation? Is your current
    installation running OK?

    The reason you can't delete the Windows.0 folder is because it
    contains your current Windows installation. Kind of hard to ask
    Windows to delete itself.

    That said, you might want to take a look at this web site:

    Scroll down to # 20, I have two installations of XP on the same
    partition
    http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html


    Good luck

    Nepatsfan
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    I tried dragging it and doing a cut & paste and I got a pop-up saying it's a
    systems folder and can't be moved or renamed.

    Thanks anyway.

    "Scooby" wrote:

    > I've done this to. This is what I did
    >
    > Create a folder, name it whatever you want
    > Drag windows.0 into this folder
    > Delete the folder you created
    > Empty recycle bin
    >
    > Hope this helps
    >
    >
    > "Nick0Demus" wrote:
    >
    > > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've tried to simply
    > > delete W.0 but I keep getting a message saying the system files are in use
    > > and can't be deleted. I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help
    > > me on this one?
    > > Thanks.
    > >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    I've never worked in BIOS or with boot devices, but everything else seems
    easy enough. How would I know how and what to adjust?
    Thanks for your quick response.


    "Andrew E." wrote:

    > If you have two copies of xp (windows & windows 0),then install xp cd,exit the
    > info page,restart computer,boot to xp cd (you may need to adjust for this
    > in the
    > BIOS,priority boot device or similiar),once at cd boot info page,select
    > recovery,
    > press enter key for password,then type:DiskPart In DiskPart,delete the
    > unwanted
    > partition with windows on it,then press Esc Key,then type:EXIT Let xp
    > restart,
    > In xp,go to run,type:diskmgmt.msc In msc,R.click on the now free
    > space,format.
    >
    > "Nick0Demus" wrote:
    >
    > > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've tried to simply
    > > delete W.0 but I keep getting a message saying the system files are in use
    > > and can't be deleted. I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help
    > > me on this one?
    > > Thanks.
    > >
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    First: GO PATS!!!

    When I open the command prompt, I'm at C:\documents and setting\Nick.
    Typing in echo%etc... gives me a syntax error message.
    Once I'm at step four, how do I get to systems properties? In step six,
    will I recognize the line I want to delete?

    I appreciate everybody's help. Thanks again.

    "Nepatsfan" wrote:

    > Nick0Demus wrote:
    > > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've
    > > tried to simply delete W.0 but I keep getting a message
    > > saying the system files are in use and can't be deleted.
    > > I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help me on
    > > this one?
    > > Thanks.
    >
    > A little more info on how you ended up with this mess would
    > have been helpful. For instance, why did you install XP twice.
    > What happened to your original installation? Is your current
    > installation running OK?
    >
    > The reason you can't delete the Windows.0 folder is because it
    > contains your current Windows installation. Kind of hard to ask
    > Windows to delete itself.
    >
    > That said, you might want to take a look at this web site:
    >
    > Scroll down to # 20, I have two installations of XP on the same
    > partition
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html
    >
    >
    > Good luck
    >
    > Nepatsfan
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  8. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    To answer your questions: I had win98 and upgraded to XP. The second time
    it asked me if I wanted to boot from disk (don't ask me why...) I said yes.
    Everything runs fine and I was able to delete 98 with no problems. I did
    figure out how to avoid having to choose which version I want to start and
    the first version always starts immediately. I hope this helped.

    Thanks again.

    "Nepatsfan" wrote:

    > Nick0Demus wrote:
    > > ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've
    > > tried to simply delete W.0 but I keep getting a message
    > > saying the system files are in use and can't be deleted.
    > > I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help me on
    > > this one?
    > > Thanks.
    >
    > A little more info on how you ended up with this mess would
    > have been helpful. For instance, why did you install XP twice.
    > What happened to your original installation? Is your current
    > installation running OK?
    >
    > The reason you can't delete the Windows.0 folder is because it
    > contains your current Windows installation. Kind of hard to ask
    > Windows to delete itself.
    >
    > That said, you might want to take a look at this web site:
    >
    > Scroll down to # 20, I have two installations of XP on the same
    > partition
    > http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html
    >
    >
    > Good luck
    >
    > Nepatsfan
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
  9. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.basics (More info?)

    In step 2 of that article, at the command prompt, there's a
    space between echo and %windir%. The folder you see listed is
    the folder you want to keep.

    In step 4, go to Start -> Control Panel and double click the
    System icon. This should launch System Properties.

    In step 6, the line you need to delete from boot.ini will point
    to the folder you deleted in step 3.

    If you get stuck, copy the contents of your boot.ini file and
    paste it into a reply to this message. Don't forget to mention
    which installation folder you saved and which you deleted.

    Note: If your computer is already booting directly into
    Windows, you may find that you don't have to edit the boot.ini
    file.

    Nepatsfan

    Nick0Demus wrote:
    > First: GO PATS!!!
    >
    > When I open the command prompt, I'm at C:\documents and
    > setting\Nick. Typing in echo%etc... gives me a syntax error
    > message.
    > Once I'm at step four, how do I get to systems properties?
    > In step six, will I recognize the line I want to delete?
    >
    > I appreciate everybody's help. Thanks again.


    >
    > "Nepatsfan" wrote:
    >
    >> Nick0Demus wrote:
    >>> ...Now I have Windows and Windows.0 on my computer. I've
    >>> tried to simply delete W.0 but I keep getting a message
    >>> saying the system files are in use and can't be deleted.
    >>> I'd just like to free up the space. Can anyone help me on
    >>> this one?
    >>> Thanks.
    >>
    >> A little more info on how you ended up with this mess would
    >> have been helpful. For instance, why did you install XP
    >> twice. What happened to your original installation? Is your
    >> current installation running OK?
    >>
    >> The reason you can't delete the Windows.0 folder is because
    >> it contains your current Windows installation. Kind of hard
    >> to ask Windows to delete itself.
    >>
    >> That said, you might want to take a look at this web site:
    >>
    >> Scroll down to # 20, I have two installations of XP on the
    >> same partition
    >> http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/xpfaq.html
    >>
    >>
    >> Good luck
    >>
    >> Nepatsfan
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