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Deleting Windows.Old On XP

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Lightzaver, Aug 8, 2012.

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  1. Lightzaver

    Lightzaver Thread Starter

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    Hi All , i've come here because I really need help

    I Have very little space on my C: Drive because of another windows instillation.
    The problem with this is , I had XP on this pc first , then my brother in law took it on holiday but he installed vista on it while he was there , so when he got back I reinstalled XP pro from the recovery disk but because windows vista was installed windows did not delete vista and did not set vista as the older version...
    So im able to boot from windows XP and vista is not avilable as a boot option.
    In my computer the C: Drive renamed XP to WINDOWS.0 and vista as something else :/ i've tried renaming vista to windows.old and other names but I dont have permission to delete it.
    Im using the Administrator account , Im the file's owner , i have full permission , i've even tried using cmd but nothing works.
    Please help because the laptop isnt very useful when its full (243 mb's left) Its not the main laptop but i't would be great if you guys could help.
     
  2. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    If you have a Windows XP Pro disc, you need to boot from it, then delete all current partitions, then create a single C partition, then format that single C partition in the NTFS file system, then install Windows XP in C:\WINDOWS.

    Doing that will wipe out ALL traces of Windows Vista and reclaim a LOT of free space.

    Here is a good pictorial guide to get familiar with and use.

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  3. Lightzaver

    Lightzaver Thread Starter

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    Thanks very much but before I do all of this Im going to backup my video drivers because it took a while to get them to work last time :) I will post my results tomorrow
    Thanks

    -Lightzaver
     
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    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    You need to obtain and save and back up the drivers for ALL of the devices in that computer, and not just the graphics driver.

    Once you do a "clean" reinstall of Windows XP, you can then install whatever drivers are needed.

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  6. Lightzaver

    Lightzaver Thread Starter

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    If I boot from windows xp will it allow me to delete all the partitions or do I have to do this as its installing ?
     
  7. flavallee

    flavallee Frank Trusted Advisor

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    If you click the link that I provided in post #2 and then look at images 1.4 through 1.10, it shows you how to do it.

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