uninstall dual boot

  RealDopey 16:18 18 Oct 2006

When my daughter booted her computer last week it came up with the message:

Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM

It then went on to tell her to insert her XP disk and press “R” for repair, well what ever she did she now has a dual booting system with two copies of XP home.

My question is can anybody tell how to uninstall the second copy so that I may carry on and repair the original?

Thanks for any suggestions.

  Pamy 16:27 18 Oct 2006

can't help removing two windows, Have a look at my last posting, another Acronis True Image 7 problem

  Pamy 16:28 18 Oct 2006

another Acronis True Image 7 problem

  Pamy 16:29 18 Oct 2006

sorry can't send link

  Pamy 16:31 18 Oct 2006

I had the same error and had to virtually install all win XP then all updates etc.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:31 18 Oct 2006

Boot the PC and look at where windows is installed to.

EG first version should be in C:\windows
second version will be a different folder (c:\windows000 for instance) or even different partition / hard drive.

have a look in the Boot.ini file for the paths to the two diffeernt versions.

Start - run - type msconfig - OK - Boot.ini tab.

  RealDopey 16:36 18 Oct 2006

What do I do after I have clicked on the boot ini tab please?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 16:44 18 Oct 2006

What does the boot.ini say?

should be something like this for a single boot system (XPhome)

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect

  RealDopey 17:08 18 Oct 2006

Sorry to be so long but I am running from one room to another an then I had to re login!

this is it.

[boot loader]
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS.0="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition" /fastdetect /noexecute=optin

Its the windows.0 installation that I need to get rid so that I can repair the original.

  Phphred 17:22 18 Oct 2006

Delete it from within your original drive..ie you can't delete the windows which you are in, but should be able to delete the other. It's a thought!!!

  RealDopey 17:23 18 Oct 2006

Its the windows I am in that I want to delete.

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