View Full Version : How to delete a windows installation?

08-30-2005, 03:02 AM
I have 3 versions of windows installed on THIS laptop. I want to delete two of them, but I have no idea how! Please help!

(I've tried putting in the windows disk and looking for somethin but couldn't find anything)

08-30-2005, 07:22 AM
Hi vegan,

Could you please tell us which versions of windows are present and also if you are actually able to boot into each and everyone of them? Do you have a choice at the start?

If you can't choose from the start which version boot, how do you know that it's 3 seperate installations. It's easy to fix, just will need a little more info and I'm pretty sure everyone here will considering we wouldn't want to screw up all 3 /images/graemlins/smile.gif

08-30-2005, 08:48 AM
they are 3 versions of windows XP, and yes i have a choice at the startup of which version of XP I want to chose to startup.
And yes I can boot into all of them

thanks for the help

08-30-2005, 09:03 AM
Do you know if they are all on seperate partitions...

08-30-2005, 01:01 PM
You probably are recognizing the service packs, how many megs are each of the versions.

08-30-2005, 01:09 PM
Doubtful as he can boot in each version and has a boot menu. If they are seperate partition it's just a matter of whipping them out and re-writting the MBR.

08-30-2005, 01:15 PM
yeah true, the original post was a little vague.

08-30-2005, 08:20 PM
Do you know if they are all on seperate partitions...

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yeah they are seperate partitions

08-30-2005, 09:24 PM
You wouldnt need to rewrite the MBR, you could just wipe the OS you want removed and change the boot.ini file.

08-31-2005, 07:51 PM
so what do i do?
(preferably in english)

08-31-2005, 09:19 PM
so what do i do?
(preferably in english)

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get a friend who is good with computers to do it for you, you could end up ruining your boot process and having to start over.

08-31-2005, 09:29 PM
#1. I'm not bad with computers.
#2. I'm not in Ohio anymore, if you notice my location it says Japan.
#3. I have no friends in Japan

09-01-2005, 05:43 PM
You may have to go into Folder Options in the control panel and unhide protected operating system files. You will want to find the Windows installation relating to the partition you want to remove. These will be in order of physical drives starting with 0 and then logical partitions. C = 1, D = 2 etc.

It will look something like this

[boot loader]
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOW S
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Windows Server 2003, Standard" /fastdetect
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows XP Professional" /fastdetect