Unwanted operating system

  Sparky3327 10:05 30 Dec 2005

After a friend's laptop refused to start up, we had to run a rescue disk which was not individual to his machine.
As a result, there is now a choice of operating systems on start up.
His original was XP Home, as was the rescue disk.
There are now 2 XP Homes on his laptop, how can we remove the one we do not want?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 11:31 30 Dec 2005

Is there definiately 2 versions of windows on the drive?

Start - run - type Msconfig - boot.ini tab -checkboot paths.

This will tell you which version is working and you can then use explorer to delete the other version.

  Sparky3327 13:04 30 Dec 2005

Pretty sure, yes.
I've selected both systems at start up, one results in the desktop and files that were present before the problem the other is as if a new XP has been loaded, lovely clean desktop and no files available.
The laptop is not available to do your suggested check, but assuming there are 2, how exactly do I remove it using explorer?


  woodchip 13:10 30 Dec 2005

The one that's not being used. In Explorer you should be able to right click the partition that it's on and format it

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