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Help Upgraded from win2000 to WinXP and Win2000 is still on my hard DRive?

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Bamma, Nov 15, 2002.

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  1. Bamma

    Bamma Thread Starter

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    I have to seperate hard drives C: is a 40 gb drive and D: is a 80 gb hard drive. i selected new install when i was setting up WinXP And figured it was going to delete everything off both drives but it ended up only deleting everything off of the D: drive and left only My Install of WinXP on that drive but when i checked my C: drive Win 2000 was still there along with all my other folders i had before i upgraded. When i start up my machine it asks me whether i want to use winXP or Win 2000 on start up. My main goal was to completely erase everything off both drives and just have WIn XP installed. My question is there anyway to get rid of Win 2000 And erase all the stuff that is still in the C: drive so i can have a fresh start and only have WIn XP on my computer? By the way Win 2000 is in my C: drive.:confused:
     
  2. Jeerajat

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    Ok when u were asked to do a clean install u must have selected the d drive thats why Xp is there I f I was i would keep as dual boot win 2k is more stable than XP. Any how if u want 2 delete everthing then format drive c: and if u cd-rom is bootable then insert it and boot fron cd. Then u should get an option to reformat etc.. when setting up.

    U can use win 2k disk manager to delete eveything of the D; drive first so boot into win 2k first and reformatt the d; drive, then install xp from boot up.

    I would always do a clean install not an upgrade. Have look @ this site it will help http://www.labmice.net/windowsxp/default.htm
     
  3. Bamma

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    i really want to just start over from scratch and have just win xp on my machine. I have already installed win xp twice now i tried to format the c: drive where win2000 is but it wouldnt let me do it so i formated the d: drive and installed win xp again. is there anything i can do? I appreciate your help.
     
  4. Bamma

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    Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? The reason i want to just keep Win XP is because i was having problems with Win2000 IRQ's they were setting most of my stuff on IRQ 9.When i check my IRQ's under Win XP it seems to seperate the IRQ's and assigns them their own IRQ. This is for mostly playing games because when my monitor kept shutting off randomly during games and when i turned my monitor back on it said no sync. So i called the video card maker and he said i had to many things on the same IRQ mostly my sound card and my video card he said i had to have the video card on its own IRQ. So thats why i am just wondering how to just have Win XP on my comp and get rid of WIn 2000. Sorry this is long or i am rambling but i just want to try and get this fixed for good because it is driving me nuts. Thanks for the help.
     
  5. ksharp

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    Bamma.

    I have fought and fought with similar situations on Windows XP. One of the many new "joys" is that it seems to what to be dual booted on 2 HDD's rather than fresh overwrite.

    It is not the most professional approach but here is what I do.

    Boot up your PC with the Windows XP OS disk in the drive.
    Let it go through the menu's to the install menu and reformat the C drive in whatever file system you want. Fat32 or NTFS.
    Then stay near it as it reformats. As soon as it gets to the step where it tries to copy the files onto the C drive, restart your PC.
    Keep the OS disk in the drive and then repeat the same steps and reformat the D drive, and once again, restart the PC before it starts to copy the OS on the D drive.

    Now after it gets to the setup menu you should have 2 blank and formatted C and D drives. Install the OS onto whichever HDD you choose.

    Again, kinda amatuer I know, but it worked the last 3 times I did it.
     
  6. IdleGuy

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    You say "...i tried to format the c: drive where win2000 is but it wouldnt let me..."

    Are you trying to format the c: drive from a Windows environment? You can't format the primary drive while you're in Windows even if you're running XP from a logical drive. You need to follow the directions in the Windows XP Setip Assistant more carefully. There's a part that gives you a choice to where you want to install XP and to delete and format any partition. If this doesn't help, please explain the steps your taking. Good luck.
     
  7. Bamma

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    Thanks for the help does this sound like the right thing to do i just got off the phone with microsoft tech support and he had me delete the line for windows 2000 in the boot.ini file then delete everything that i don't want in the c: drive. So i deleted everything except that boot.ini file from the c: drive including windows 2000 and everything so far seems like it is working pretty well i no longer get that dual boot screen anymore. I also saved the boot.ini file on a floppy just incase something went wrong. Does it sound like he told me the right way to do this and do ya think my computer will be alright? Thanks again for all the help and maybe this can help some other people out.
     
  8. IdleGuy

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    If you're goal was to just boot to XP with no other option then you're done. But, you originally stated that your wanted to erase everything on both drives and have a clean install of XP on your primary drive - you're running XP off your secondary drive, Win 2K is still there in your primary drive (you should delete it if you don't want it) and you still won't be able to format your primary drive.

    If you want to completely erase everything and have a clean install of XP you have to delete and format BOTH drives from the XP CD or delete and format just your Primary Drive (from the CD) and install a new copy of XP which would then rewrite boot.ini again to Dual Boot with the other XP on the other Secondary Drive so you'd have to erase that line in Boot.ini like you did with the 2K and then format the secondary drive.

    So, ummm... ar you done?
     
  9. IdleGuy

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    I misread, you DID erase everything on your primary that's 2 out of 3 ok.
     
  10. Jeerajat

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    ok this is the best step format, partitioning and then installing as lomg as ur cd-rom boots up from start-up u should be ok

    Beginner Guide: Re-Partition, Re-Format and Re-Install"


    There is something we all do but nobody likes to talk about. No doubt this is related to two factors. The first is its repetitive nature. The second is, we have to do it far more often than we like to admit. Forced repetition and frequency of repetition can take the fun out just about anything.

    I call it the three "R's":


    Re-Partition, Re-Format, Re-Install
    There are several ways to "set up" a hard drive; I'll only concern myself here with the easiest and simplest.

    I've always found the following to be quite adequate for installing a single operating system. If you're a beginner, you don't want to try for more than one OS...not yet.

    A word before you begin: The following will, without any reservation, COMPLETELY WIPE YOUR HARD DRIVE OF EVERY SINGLE THING ON IT!!!!

    So BACK UP all your personal files. This includes Saved Games, Your Address Book, Favorites in Explorer - anything you want to re-install in your next incarnation of Windows. You will not be able to recover these files in any way unless you back them up NOW, BEFORE we begin.

    First, make VERY SURE you have a working "Windows Start-up Disk" on hand. If you don't you can make one as follows: (This guide assumes you're using Win 98.)

    Go to "Control Panel", then to "Add and Remove Programs".
    Select "Start-up Disk", click on "Create Disk". You'll need a newly formatted disk in your "A:" drive.
    Next, test your "Windows 98 Start-up Disk":
    Leaving the floppy in "A:" drive put your Win 98 CD in and reboot;
    A DOS program will start by asking if you want to start you computer with or without CD-ROM support;
    Choose "With support";
    Windows will now load a series of utilities, including a RAM drive for your CD-ROM that allows you to access your Win 98 CD;
    (Note: We are about begin the re-partition process which will require a re-boot and a re-loading of your DOS utilities. In the future, now that your sure of your Win 98 Start up disk, you can choose "without CD support" at this stage. It saves time to not load CD support until you're ready to format).
    But now that we're here and already have the RAM Drive loaded in order to test our "Start-up Disk", there's no reason not to proceed.
    At the DOS prompt, type FDISK, which will bring up a screen that basically asks if you wish to use large disk support:
    Choose "yes" by pressing the enter key.
    Now you will be presented with the FDISK Options Menu.
    This is the last chance you will have to get cold feet! If you want to back out and wait until a later date to try this for the first time, DO IT NOW!!!
    Mind you, you really can't hurt your equipment by going forward. BUT as I said before, anything not backed up WILL BE FOREVER GONE!

    Right. Let's get to it:

    Choose #3 "delete partition";
    This will give you a warning and a confirmation;
    Choose "yes";
    You may have to type in the "label" of the disk volume. It's printed at the top, so just type it below and say "yes" again;
    WHOOOPS! there goes Windows!
    Now hit the ESC key and go back to main menu;
    Choose #1 to create a DOS partition;
    Now leave the floppy in and reboot, Load Windows Start-up Disk WITH CD-ROM SUPPORT;
    At the A: prompt type FORMAT C: /s You'll get a warning message about losing everything on C: - Not to worry it's long gone anyway.
    Windows will now format your hard drive. When it's done formatting you'll get a chance to:
    Choose a new Volume label. This is one of my favorite things. I have two machines so I type: DA-VOID and BIG EMPTY. (The eleven letter limit includes spacing, it's sort of the Haiku of the hard drive). Hit Enter.
    Now, back at the A: prompt again, just type setup.
    Windows will check your hard drive for errors. When it's finished:
    Click on "exit"
    Anwser "yes" to everything Windows wants.
    I always choose "Custom" install and think you should too! You can always add or remove features later if you change your mind. But why put things on a fresh HD you know you'll never use?
    From here Windows will drop you off on your newly installed desktop, ready to rumble.

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
  11. Bamma

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    Thanks alot guys for all your help. Everything seems to be running fine right now so far so good. I really appreciate you guys taking your time helping me out. Thanks again.
     
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