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« on: October 23, 2003, 10:14:40 PM »

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My son bought me a custom built computer, and he installed WinXP and Home as a B-Day gift.When I do a cold boot a box appears with both OS listed and a countdown from 5-1 to choose which OS I want.The help I need is advise on weather I should format? And if so will I loose all information. Should I (R)click (f)drive and click format?
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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2003, 02:08:41 PM »


If you format the second drive you will wipe it clean, there will be nothing left.
If you want to keep the WinXP installation on your C: drive and remove the installation on the F: drive do this: (and keep the other stuff on the F: drive)

1. Go to the F: drive and rename the 'Windows' folder (may be 'Winnt') to something else like 'Winold'. This is to make sure both installations are fully independent.
2. Reboot, selecting the menu options for the WinXP on the C: drive
3. Make sure everything still works.
4. You can now safely delete the 'Winold' folder on the F: drive

To remove the option in the boot menu, open c:\boot.ini and copy&paste the contents in your next reply. I will let you know what to remove.
Warning: If you remove to wrong entry, you will not be able to boot WinXP anymore!

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