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Removing Old Operating System


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rajones2020

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I have installed windows xp pro, but was running windows 2000 pro. When I boot up, computer now asks me which system I want to use. How can I get windows 2000 pro off my computer?
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Immortalarena

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If you select the Windows 2000 during startup will it load 2000?

If not you need to edit boot.ini

Open the Hard Drive, C:
Tools> Folder Options> View>
Show hidden files and folders
uncheck hide protected system files

Open boot.ini with notepad

You will see:

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows XP" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows 2000"

simply remove the 2000 line.


Is there another tech that can verify that this works?

I know if something is wrong in the code the OS will not load at all, so I hope another tech can double check that I am right here
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fleamailman

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I think that is a great idea but it would still leave windows 2000 sitting on the system, I would suggest if no other member has a better idea to reinstall XP, but this time please delete the patition and reformat 100%, oh and make sure you have all the drivers before doing so.
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when you boot to xp...and open up my computer then open up c:\..how many windows folders are there?
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also...a better method to get to the boot.ini is to do start > run > msconfig > then the boot.ini tab...then remove the windows 2000 line...as in xp the boot.ini text file...is actually pretty darned hard to get to
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Both ideas sound good to me.

rajones2020, if you need any instructions, or would like a different idea, let us know.
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Hi computerwiz 12090, my telepathy tells me that he would love to kown another way and instuctions, me too plz.
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