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    XP Duel Boot ? (Win XP Pro SP1)

    When I installed XP Pro, I decided I would like the duel boot option. I have Win98 on the C partition and Win XP Pro on the D partition. Now in the process of my housecleaning efforts, I have decided that I would like to be rid of Win98 as I find I do not use it for anything anymore. How would I go about this process without messing up everything? I would like to gain back the space that I have allocated to the C Drive! In its properties, it is listed as 7.44GB and the D partition is 11.1GB. <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15>


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    Re: XP Duel Boot ? (Win XP Pro SP1)

    It might be painful to merge the partitions on the C and D drives. Due to the way Windows 2000/XP work, if you format the C: drive, you will end up being unable to boot the system. In my experience, the best way to handle this would be to back up the data you care about onto CD (or other media), and start Windows XP setup from the CD. During setup you will have the option to re-arrange the disk partitions to your liking. This also gets you out of needing to purchase something like Partition Magic to accomplish what you want.

    It is possible to move a Windows installation from one partition to another, but I strongly recommend avoiding it. Windows was not designed with this type of operation in mind and working around it nearly always presents problems, endless aggravation, and hair loss . <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
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    Re: XP Duel Boot ? (Win XP Pro SP1)

    An alternative you might like to consider is keeping all you Data on a separate partition from your Program Files and Windows directories. A number of Loungers find this useful - particularly if they ever have to reinstall an Operating System.

    Provided you go about it correctly, you should be able to painlessly move your My Documents folder, any Outlook Express and Outlook folders and other data files from the D: to C: drives - mostly keeping the same folder structure.

    With the exception of a few key files directly at the root of the C drive - that is, not in any folder - you should be able to delete any C Drive files that you will not be using as data.

    If you do wish to pursue this option, we can walk you through the steps.

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    Re: XP Duel Boot ? (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Hi WyllyWylly!! I don't necessarily have to merge the two partitions and WinXP can stay on the D partition for now. I was just considering how to be rid of the Win98 operating system and freeing up the space it has taken on the C partition. I really don't want to format and reinstall either. If given that choice, I would probably just keep dealing with what I have currently because of all of the hassle involved. I do have a second HD which I installed about a year ago so it isn't that I don't have any room. I just wanted to clean out Win98.

    So if I start Windows XP setup from the CD, will it give me the option of just removing the Win98? Or by going that route, will it just take over and want to redo my HD completely? Sometimes, I get started on something like this, which I am not sure about, and I find that there is no option for "turning back". I wouldn't want to begin using the WinXP CD only to find that I cannot stop!!

    If I did get a utility like "Partition Magic" would it take care of what I want to accomplish?

    Full of questions, aren't I? Thank you for your patience!! <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>


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    Re: XP Duel Boot ? (Win XP Pro SP1)

    If you only want to remove Win98, you must perform two steps: delete WINDOWS folder from C: partition and edit dual-boot menu in c:boot.ini file. To do the later, press Windows and Pause/Break keys on your keyboard simultaneously, then on System Properties dialog click Advanced tab, then in "Startup and Recovery" section Settings button. On the next screen, set to 0 time to display dual-boot menu, or, if you want to edit it manually (clicking Edit button), change to timeout=0 and delete the line mentions Windows on C: drive. BUT BE CAREFUL! If you alternate the line pointing to Windows XP, you will loose the ability to boot to Windows at all!

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    Re: XP Duel Boot ? (Win XP Pro SP1)

    Kaplnb has already answered the question of removing Windows 98. I wanted to touch on your other questions.

    If you start setup from the Windows XP CD-ROM, you will be given the option to redoing your hard drive - not removing Windows 98 itself. If you re-arrange your hard drive's partitions, you will lose any data that lives on the drive. Once you commit the changes to the hard drive, there is indeed no undo nor turning back. From that point forward you need to continue installing Windows XP. On the bright side, the setup process is very simple and is nothing to be afraid of.

    Partition Magic is a good investment no matter what, but if you are not planning to use it then why bother? It will allow you to re-arrange disk partitions and redistribute free space, and more, without losing data. Before Partition Magic that was an impossibility. It's now a common operation that many other software packages have taken up (changing hard drive partition schemes without data loss).

    If it were me, I know what I would do - I would copy my data to the second hard drive, and then wipe the first one clean and install XP where Windows 98 once lived, in the C: drive. I have learned over the years to keep the operating system separate from everything else. If that is not something you would be comfortable with, though, please do not feel pressured to undertake it. If you choose to do so it would be a great learning experience. If not, at least you now have some answers!
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