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2 window 2000 pro OS on one computer

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by kluftern2, Feb 8, 2005.

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  1. kluftern2

    kluftern2 Thread Starter

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    Some how I have 2 WIN 2000 Pro on my computer. One works and the other doesnt, so how do delete the one that doesnt work?
     
  2. rhMattL19

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    What do you mean "somehow"?

    It depends how they're installed I guess. I mean, if they're on seperate partitions, then you could run the Windows 2000 installation, just to the part where you get to remove a partition, then reboot.

    Even if they're not on seperate partitions, the Windows setup could probably be smart enough to say "dude! there are two!" and let you remove one from a list. You could then reboot.

    Maybe you could just delete whatever directory the other Windows is installed to, absolutely don't recommend that way though, given all the registry entries and whatever else is involved.

    I am goin' off possibilities, simply because I've never installed two instances of Windows on a single computer. Least if I did, it would be on seperate partitions.

    Anyhow, those methods may work. Stick in the Windows disc, see what it says ... just don't go installing a third time!

    Good luck to ya!
     
  3. skinnywhiteboy

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    This machine was probably reinstalled at some point. You need to edit your boot.ini file.
     
  4. kluftern2

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    how do edit my boot.ini file and there is no other partition with windows 2000 but its somehow still there!!!!
     
  5. skinnywhiteboy

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    Click Start
    Click Run
    Type boot.ini

    This should bring up your boot.ini file. Be very careful with this!!!

    There should be two lines of syntax in there. Depending on which one works when you boot your machine, that will determines whether line 1 or line 2 gets deleted. If you delete the wrong one, your computer may not boot.
     
  6. rhMattL19

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    This person still has two instances of Windows installed though, right?

    Maybe I missed somethin' ... I don't know.
     
  7. skinnywhiteboy

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    He probably only has one installation, but sometimes when you reinstall Windows, your boot.ini will think you have more than one installation on your hard drive. All he needs to do is delete one of those lines and he won't get the boot menu anymore.
     
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