REcently completed a new build and have been running all fine until yesterday. My PC started suggesting registry and driver errors. I tried to reinstall drivers but all went horribly wrong. Long story short, I have had to do a clean install. Running XP SP2. I have lots of data and info on a separate partition (E) which has been saved athough all my programs obviously have been wiped, although still appear in my program files folder in C. The reinstall went well but during the bot process, it states that I have two XP OSs on my PC and I have to select one. One is the new one that works and one does not. Can anyone tell me how to remove this 'phantom' OS without totally formatting by HDD as I have lot of stuff that I really need to keep, CVs, pictures, music etc.
Thanks brundle, all seems to be working fine now. All I have to do is activate all my software again. I have one more question. Do I actually have two operating systems on my PC now or was the second entry just a glich? How would I tell.
Check other partitions for Windows, Program Files and `Documents and Settings` folders - that would indicate another OS. If you elected to install XP to another partition during setup and leave the damaged one intact, you do(did) indeed have to 2 OS's. Don't go deleting everything from the old OS - previous Outlook Express emails will be in the old `Documents and Settings` folder for example