Two Operating Systems

  RPM1975 08:40 16 Nov 2006

Hello all, first post so hope you all can help.

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 in advance.

  brundle 08:43 16 Nov 2006

You need to edit `boot.ini`;
click here

  RPM1975 08:58 16 Nov 2006

Thanks for your reply but I am a relative noob so could you explain a little, please.

  RPM1975 09:28 16 Nov 2006

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.

  brundle 09:36 16 Nov 2006

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

  RPM1975 10:36 16 Nov 2006

I do appear to have two operating systems. What impact will this have on my systems and how do I remove the original 'damaged' version?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 13:54 16 Nov 2006

Impact - will use up space on the drive.

You can copy the favorites and email folders etc to your new system.

how do I remove the original 'damaged' version?
just delete the old "windows" folders using explorer.

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