Removing win98 from dual boot system

  Diodorus Siculus 17:30 03 Oct 2004
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I have win98 on C drive, dual booting with Win2k on D drive and I have not used Win98 for months so have decided to remove it. Win 98 was installed first, then win2k.

support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;285480 this is Microsoft's suggestion, but something tells me that it is not that easy!

What about ntdetect.com? Does that not need to be saved?

What about my ghost images of Win2k? Do they not presuppose the presence of win98 on the other disk?

I would be grateful for any suggestions / pointers. Thanks, Dio.

  howard60 17:50 03 Oct 2004

right click my computer and then the advanced tab and you can edit your startup options. You can tell it not to start c: drive but be warned that if you then reformatted c the system would not know to boot from d.

  Diodorus Siculus 19:44 03 Oct 2004

howard60 - thanks, that is why I need to know what to save, and how.

If anyone has a guide, I would be grateful - or else may just go with a clean install of Win2k on C: after formatting it.

But I am happy with my setup of Win2k and don't want to lose it.

  Diodorus Siculus 07:31 04 Oct 2004

Any more takers...

  Diodorus Siculus 10:16 04 Oct 2004

temp003 - thanks for that.

It was the files, ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini that I was concerned about as I realise that they are necessary to boot with.

I am still wondering how to move Win2k to C drive - my many years of computing tell me to have C as the bootable drive... not that it has to be, I understand, but I would like it to be.

Maybe I will leave well enough alone and simply use Partition Magic to take away some of the space allocated to the Win98 drive.

But one last question:

suppose I copy the three files (ntldr, ntdetect.com and boot.ini), format C, and put them back, and then edit boot.ini, to point it to C as the source for win2k, will that work? Or will a repair of win2k with the CD do it for me?

  Diodorus Siculus 10:26 04 Oct 2004

OK - that looks good and I will give it a go.

Thanks for your time and expertise; it is much appreciated.

I will leave this unticked till I get the job done!

  Diodorus Siculus 10:53 04 Oct 2004

No, they did not cross: I was thankful for all of your details at 10.21 :-}

Anyway, I am going to shrink C to 2GB and leave it and forget about it. As I have almost 200GB of hdd space, it will not be missed.

I have told win2k not to offer a boot menu anyway - it just boots into win2k straight away. It was just my desire to clean up a bit that made me want to remove it. As it is I will leave it on D drive.

I have a 2gb partition which is used as a swap file (and nothing else) and that seems to be fine.

Thanks for your time again; it is appreciated. I am a big fan of Win2k and don't see any point moving to XP. I had to buy a laptop a few months ago and it has winXP Pro but I much prefer 2k - it seems to do most that XP does, but will less intrusion.

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