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Solved: remove parallel install?

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  1. kwzz

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    hi, i have a parallel install of two Windows Home Edition Service packs 2s. to remove only one of them i can just uninstall normally the one i don't want , right?

    thanks
     
  2. Elvandil

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    Are they on different partitions? What do you mean by "uninstall normally" since they are not in Add/Remove, are they?

    What you do depends where they are and which contains the boot files and Master Boot Record.

    Can you expalin your system setup, or post a shot of Disk Management?
     
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    OK. The first and third partitions are for recovery. What makes you think you have 2 XP's. If you do, they would almost certainly need to be installed in that same, second partition.

    If you have 2 on the startup menu, have you tried both and do they go to different ones?
     
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    when i start up it asks me to select my operating system(2 XP's). they both go to different ones.
     
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    If both are on the same partition, there is no telling how intertwined they may be. You may need to remove both of them.

    When you look on the C: drive, you should see a Windows folder. Are there other folders with similar names, like Windows.0 or any like that? I'm wondering if you have 2 separate Windows folders with different names.

    How did this happen?
     
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    i have a WINDOWS folder and i have a WINXP folder. i think thats them
     
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    You're probably right. OK. Let's see which one you are using right now.

    Go to Start > Run, and type:

    %WinDir%

    Which folder opens up?
     
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    OK. Are you in the one that you want to keep? You should probably keep the oldest one, where all your programs are installed.

    Just to be sure, open up that Winxp folder and see if there is a folder inside called system32. There should be a system32 in the Windows folder, too, that you are using right now.
     
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    they both have system32 and i use the newer windows so i'm going to keep that one i think
     
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    OK. Well, log into the one you are going to use. That is probably not the one you are in now because the original Windows folder was probably named "Windows" and the newer one was probably named "WinXP". So if you are going to keep the other, you need to log out of this one and into the other one.

    You realize, of course, that we are not going to be able to get rid of the whoile installation. The Program Files folder is probably shared by both installations.

    If you want a good, clean, uncomplicated system, you would be better off getting rid of both and installing a new one.

    But if your drive is large enough so that the used space is not a problem, and you want to keep what you have in that installation, we can try to get rid of most of the other one.
     
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    OK. Log into the one you want to keep, type %WinDir% in the Run box to see which one you are using, and then try to delete the other one.

    After that, we'll fix the menu.
     
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