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Ok, I changed the setup to boot first from CD. I watched and it did it. However, I got a message about no emulation. It went fast and sent me to the screen that had me pick an operating system.

I picked the first one as I always do to get it up and running. A bit later, it went into a mode that looked like it is trying to setup Win XP. I have a screen that is blue and looks like DOS. My choices are:

To setup XP press enter
To repair using Recovery console press R
To quit, press F3
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Use the first option.. Watch the screen carefully after that as there will be the option to remove all partitions.. Be advised though.. if you use this option, you will wipe out the entire hdd including everything you have on it..

There will also be the option to pick and choose which partition you want to delete.. You could pick your second install and then edit your boot.ini file..

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I selected the first option and got the following:

To repair the selected windows installation press R

To continue installating a fresh copy without repairing press ESC

Is this what you expected and which do I pick?
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Use the second option and tell me what you get..

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At what point in the boot file I showed in an earlier reply do I start the deletion?
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OK
To set up Windows in the selected item press enter
To create a partition in the unpartitioned space press C
To delete the selected partition press D

What I see in the box below these selections is this.

78529 MB Disk 0 at ID 0 on buss 0 on atapi [MBR]
C: Partition [NTFS] 72529 MB (725673 MB free)

Unknown Disk
There is no disk in this drive

The item selected is the one that reads C: Partition.....
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I have to run to the school for an hour or so. I will leave the computer that has the problem on so I can pick up where we left off.

Thanks for all your help. I feel confident we will solve this thing.

Be back in an hour or so. John
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just to clarify before we continue with the rest of this process (we may have gotten a little bit ahead of ourselves) if we continue on here...your HD is going to be formatted..and all data and programs are gonna be gone...is this what we want to do?
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Yes it is. I have everything I need backed up. thanks for asking however.

I'm back from the school and should be here for awhile.

What do you want me to do next?

John
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press d then l then...i think either enter or f8 (follow the on screen instructions which will be press d to delete the selected partition..then l to accept...then...something to confirm)

this will bring you back to a screen very similar to the one your at..once there...post what your choices are again (sorry haven't installed windows an a week or two..so i don't remember the exact screens)
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I did it and got the following message:

Setup is unable to perform the requested operation on the selected partition. This partition contains temporary setup files that are required to complete the installation.

Press enter to continue

Now what? What a nightmare!!
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i have yet to see that message...let me see if murray is still available..
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ok...what i want you to do is get a 98 boot disk

download http://www.mbhs.edu/...rn/boot98se.exe and run it...it will ask you to insert a floppy...once that's done...let us know
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Ok. Will do. I have to run to town but will do it later. If you want, we can continue this tomorrow. I always have my wifes computer to use.

I really appreciate all you guys are doing and I'm sure we will get there. Sorry to be such a pain.

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Ok, I'm back. I will retrieve the file you mentioned, run it and let you know when it has happened.

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