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Thread: W XP Pro&W 2000 Pro dual boot problem




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    I have a P III 700, 512mb ram, 40gb WD 7200rpm hd and it is split into 5 partitions. C has W 2000 Pro, D has W XP Pro, and E,F,G are files, games, music.
    I would like to remove W 2000 Pro and return to a single boot system. Can I just uninstall W 2000 Pro and rename the D drive as C and the C as D which will now be empty?
    If not, any suggestions on how to accomplish the task would be appreciated.
    Thank you.

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    it would have been better to put xp on C: that way its easier to remove other OS's.

    you could;

    1. boot into xp. from xp format the drive that has win 2k.
    2. ghost the D drive to C:
    3. format D drive.
    4. edit your start up option to remove the choice to do dual boot.


    and of course there's an easier way to do it.

    1. boot into xp.
    2. format the C drive with win 2k on it.
    3. install xp to C drive
    4. boot into xp on C drive
    5. format the D drive with your old copy of xp

    and there are still other ways to do it which might be even easier and if so, others will post here soon and tell you how.

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    1. boot into xp. from xp format the drive that has win 2k
    and you cant boot if youdo that
    2. format the C drive with win 2k on it.
    Same.
    Here's what i would do. go to c and find file called boot.ini
    remove one line w/ the win2000 and save the file.
    than backup your d. than use partition magic to combine c and d.

    if that fails you could always do a clean install of xp, or restore from backup.

    One very important thing to remember that ntloader and other files that belong to xp stay on c drive, so if you just format it, you wont boot. w/o some work anyway.

    hth

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    Thanks very much for the replies. I guess I will have to use Partition Magic 8 which I have. I was hoping to be able to just remove the W 2000 bit and rid myself of the dual boot, and not do anything to the W XP portion.
    As soon as I get my other system up and running, I will be brave enough to give it a try.
    Thanks again.

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