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    Uninstalling Windows 2000

    I have a dual-booting system with W98 and multiple installs of W2000 on different partitions. What I would like to do is remove the unwanted W2000 operating systems. When I boot up, I am prompted to select an operating system. The final result I am after is only to have two operating selections to choose from W2000 or W98. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    You probably can edit boot.ini to get where you are going. This file is in the root of the primary boot drive. Before messing with it, make sure you keep a good copy elsewhere.

    Help! Leif! Dave! Any instructions for editing boot.ini? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    Big error, I should have set you to MSCONFIG.exe
    Should have sent you to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/cgi-bin/w3t/showflat.pl?Cat=&Board=free&Number=79549&page=0&vi ew=collapsed&sb=5&o=0&fpart=> in Software find</A> board.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    As an ini file, just open it in Notepad. Alternatively, you can download the useful msconfig.exe for Win 2k mentioned recently in the Lounge and edit it from there as well. All you will be doing, of course will be removing entries from the file and not touching the actual Win 2k folders.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    Hi Moniq
    If you go <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.insideproject.com/guides/showguide.cfm?guideid=31>here</A>, just below the screenshot is some text. The word 'here' is live and lets you download. If you still can't get it, it'll be up on my web site very soon.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    Yep - MerC, yer right. The link font is not obvious on my screen. Anyway it is the same MS animal as in XP. Not sure how one edits the file here.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    Curious as to why you would want multiiple editions of 2k to start with? You will need the 2k setup disc to remove any NTFS partitions.
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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    Actually, the editing seems to be limited to setting the default OS and moving the entries up and down the list. You can also set the time-out. I can't see how to disable or remove an OS.

    For 'real' editing, I think it'll be a matter of opening it in Notepad or something similar. However, as I said earlier, simply removing the entries does very little except show a shorter list.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    It's easy to remove unwanted partitions by Partition Magic or similar program. CAUTION! If your first bootable partition on primary master drive (or ID=0 SCSI drive) is NTFS, you must edit boot.ini first, otherwise drive will be unbootable. If that partition is FAT, you can edit boot.ini from the DOS prompt after repartitioning.
    Syntax:
    multi(X)disk(Y)rdisk(Z)partition(W)<winnt_dir>
    -or-
    scsi(X)disk(Y)rdisk(Z)partition(W)<winnt_dir>
    where X, Y, Z, and W are numbers that identify the item to their left.
    Sample:
    Primary master drive has two partitions: first FAT32 (with Win98 on it) and second NTFS (with Win2k)
    System will boot to Win2k after 30 seconds:

    [boot loader]
    timeout=30
    default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINNT
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)WINNT="Microsof t Windows 2000 Professional" /fastdetect
    C: = "Microsoft Windows 98 Second Edition"

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    Sorry, my friend. I misled you.
    What I meant was, I can't see how to remove an OS entry from the list in the boot.ini file whilst in MSCONFIG. I don't think you can.

    I was neither offering, nor intending to offer, advice on how to remove an OS and its partition. You seem to have done that very competently, however.

    Rgds

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    I was having problems with advanced power options. After the initial install of Windows 2000 I flashed my motherboard BIOS and the advanced power features did not work ie with a little experimentation with the new BIOS (forgot to turn the APM feature on) and a reinstall of Windows 2000 I was able to get the functionality back.

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    Re: Uninstalling Windows 2000

    I have resolved the problem; after modifying the "boot.ini" file.

    Thanks for your assistance.

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