How to delete extra windows instalation from my hard drive

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Jackflush

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I have an extra operating system on my C drive that I want to get rid of. Can this be done without reformatting the drive
 

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Is it a functional O/S, or just the indication when you boot up? You can get rid of the boot prompt by running MSCONFIG and having it test the boot paths. However, if you've somehow managed to install two versions of Windows, both on the C: drive, you have a mess on your hands.
 

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The installer warned him not to do it, so he did it anyway. he now has a copy of xp home and xp pro on his C drive. He wants yhe version of xp pro removed. I assume the drive will have to be formatted and all data lost. is this correct?
 
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You need not format the drive.. suitable corrections to boot.ini will do.First make a copy of the file. Find out which entry corresponds to the XP Pro edition and remove the line and save the file. Next time when you boot, only the boot entry to XP Home will be shown. Then you can remove the xp pro directory. Ofcourse this assumes that the XP Home n Pro are installed on separate directories(which is what you meant when you said "extra" copy I hope.)

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Actually, I'd reformat. The two copies have modified the same sections of the disk, and I'm sure it's somewhat of a mess. Documents and Settings and Program Files are both probably somewhat scrambled. I presume they specified a different name for the Windows folder?
 
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