Running two copies of Windows XP



Tim McCuiston
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
To the list:

I am running 2 different setups of Microsoft windows XP. 1 setup is
corrupted the other one is not at least not now. I need to delete one setup
i do not know how to do it. Contents i have is one 1 setup and some on
another. Does any one know how to do this without me losing everything. In
otherwords i want to delete the corrupted version .

Thanks Tim McCuiston

Richard Urban
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
The method of eliminating the corrupted version of Windows XP depends
entirely upon how you have it installed. I'll give you an example.

On one of my computers I have 2 copies of Windows XP and a copy of Windows
2000. Each O/S is installed in its own primary DOS partition. The primary
partitions that are not booted are totally hidden from the working/active
operating system. To delete one of these operating systems I would just boot
up the computer using my Partition Magic floppy disk set and format the
associated partition. I could then, if I desired, reinstall the operating
system anew and start again clean.

How is YOUR computer set up?

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Regards,

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old B@stard :-)

If you knew as much as you think you know,
You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


"Tim McCuiston" <timmccuiston@everestkc.net> wrote in message
news:bd0a1$429652d3$4088c15e$29786@EVERESTKC.NET...
> To the list:
>
> I am running 2 different setups of Microsoft windows XP. 1 setup is
> corrupted the other one is not at least not now. I need to delete one
> setup i do not know how to do it. Contents i have is one 1 setup and
> some on another. Does any one know how to do this without me losing
> everything. In otherwords i want to delete the corrupted version .
>
> Thanks Tim McCuiston
>

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Tim McCuiston wrote:

> To the list:
>
> I am running 2 different setups of Microsoft windows XP. 1 setup is
> corrupted the other one is not at least not now. I need to delete one setup
> i do not know how to do it. Contents i have is one 1 setup and some on
> another. Does any one know how to do this without me losing everything. In
> otherwords i want to delete the corrupted version .
>
> Thanks Tim McCuiston
>
>

You need to provide some information on the current set up, # of drives
and partitions, what's installed where, and which is corrupted.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

John
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Richard Urban wrote:
> The method of eliminating the corrupted version of Windows XP depends
> entirely upon how you have it installed. I'll give you an example.
>
> On one of my computers I have 2 copies of Windows XP and a copy of Windows
> 2000. Each O/S is installed in its own primary DOS partition. The primary
> partitions that are not booted are totally hidden from the working/active
> operating system. To delete one of these operating systems I would just boot
> up the computer using my Partition Magic floppy disk set and format the
> associated partition. I could then, if I desired, reinstall the operating
> system anew and start again clean.
>
> How is YOUR computer set up?
>

Good on you!

And how does this help the op other than make he/she feel that they
asked the question in the wrong place?

John

John
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Tim McCuiston wrote:

> To the list:
>
> I am running 2 different setups of Microsoft windows XP. 1 setup is
> corrupted the other one is not at least not now. I need to delete one setup
> i do not know how to do it. Contents i have is one 1 setup and some on
> another. Does any one know how to do this without me losing everything. In
> otherwords i want to delete the corrupted version .
>
> Thanks Tim McCuiston
>
>

Post a copy of your "boot.ini" file for help. This is a (usually
hidden) system file in the root of your C: drive. Its an ascii file that
can be read by any text editor. You can load it into an editor, high
lite the entire file and then do a copy and paste into a message back to
this group.

John

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
John wrote:

> Richard Urban wrote:
>
>> The method of eliminating the corrupted version of Windows XP depends
>> entirely upon how you have it installed. I'll give you an example.
>>
>> On one of my computers I have 2 copies of Windows XP and a copy of
>> Windows 2000. Each O/S is installed in its own primary DOS partition.
>> The primary partitions that are not booted are totally hidden from the
>> working/active operating system. To delete one of these operating
>> systems I would just boot up the computer using my Partition Magic
>> floppy disk set and format the associated partition. I could then, if
>> I desired, reinstall the operating system anew and start again clean.
>>
>> How is YOUR computer set up?
>>
>
> Good on you!
>
> And how does this help the op other than make he/she feel that they
> asked the question in the wrong place?
>
> John

It told the OP exactly what he needed to do to get help - give some
useful information.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

John
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Rock wrote:

> John wrote:
>
>> Richard Urban wrote:
>>
>>> The method of eliminating the corrupted version of Windows XP depends
>>> entirely upon how you have it installed. I'll give you an example.
>>>
>>> On one of my computers I have 2 copies of Windows XP and a copy of
>>> Windows 2000. Each O/S is installed in its own primary DOS partition.
>>> The primary partitions that are not booted are totally hidden from
>>> the working/active operating system. To delete one of these operating
>>> systems I would just boot up the computer using my Partition Magic
>>> floppy disk set and format the associated partition. I could then, if
>>> I desired, reinstall the operating system anew and start again clean.
>>>
>>> How is YOUR computer set up?
>>>
>>
>> Good on you!
>>
>> And how does this help the op other than make he/she feel that they
>> asked the question in the wrong place?
>>
>> John
>
>
> It told the OP exactly what he needed to do to get help - give some
> useful information.
>

I have.

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
John wrote:

> Rock wrote:
>
>> John wrote:
>>
>>> Richard Urban wrote:
>>>
>>>> The method of eliminating the corrupted version of Windows XP
>>>> depends entirely upon how you have it installed. I'll give you an
>>>> example.
>>>>
>>>> On one of my computers I have 2 copies of Windows XP and a copy of
>>>> Windows 2000. Each O/S is installed in its own primary DOS
>>>> partition. The primary partitions that are not booted are totally
>>>> hidden from the working/active operating system. To delete one of
>>>> these operating systems I would just boot up the computer using my
>>>> Partition Magic floppy disk set and format the associated partition.
>>>> I could then, if I desired, reinstall the operating system anew and
>>>> start again clean.
>>>>
>>>> How is YOUR computer set up?
>>>>
>>>
>>> Good on you!
>>>
>>> And how does this help the op other than make he/she feel that they
>>> asked the question in the wrong place?
>>>
>>> John
>>
>>
>>
>> It told the OP exactly what he needed to do to get help - give some
>> useful information.
>>
>
> I have.

You told him to post additional information about his system as others
have. Do you want a gold star for that?

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Peter Foldes
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
How is seeing that boot.ini file of the OP is going to help him remove the corrupted install.You can remove the line of the corrupted install from the boot.ini but it will not take care of his install that is corrupted. It will still stay on his system. The only thing that he will not be able to do is to access that corrupted install

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Peter

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"John" <John@nowhere.com> wrote in message news:Ikule.882$zb.21@trndny06...
> Tim McCuiston wrote:
>
>> To the list:
>>
>> I am running 2 different setups of Microsoft windows XP. 1 setup is
>> corrupted the other one is not at least not now. I need to delete one setup
>> i do not know how to do it. Contents i have is one 1 setup and some on
>> another. Does any one know how to do this without me losing everything. In
>> otherwords i want to delete the corrupted version .
>>
>> Thanks Tim McCuiston
>>
>>
>
> Post a copy of your "boot.ini" file for help. This is a (usually
> hidden) system file in the root of your C: drive. Its an ascii file that
> can be read by any text editor. You can load it into an editor, high
> lite the entire file and then do a copy and paste into a message back to
> this group.
>
> John

John
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Rock wrote:

> John wrote:
>
>> Rock wrote:
>>
>>> John wrote:
>>>
>>>> Richard Urban wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> The method of eliminating the corrupted version of Windows XP
>>>>> depends entirely upon how you have it installed. I'll give you an
>>>>> example.
>>>>>
>>>>> On one of my computers I have 2 copies of Windows XP and a copy of
>>>>> Windows 2000. Each O/S is installed in its own primary DOS
>>>>> partition. The primary partitions that are not booted are totally
>>>>> hidden from the working/active operating system. To delete one of
>>>>> these operating systems I would just boot up the computer using my
>>>>> Partition Magic floppy disk set and format the associated
>>>>> partition. I could then, if I desired, reinstall the operating
>>>>> system anew and start again clean.
>>>>>
>>>>> How is YOUR computer set up?
>>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Good on you!
>>>>
>>>> And how does this help the op other than make he/she feel that they
>>>> asked the question in the wrong place?
>>>>
>>>> John
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> It told the OP exactly what he needed to do to get help - give some
>>> useful information.
>>>
>>
>> I have.
>
>
> You told him to post additional information about his system as others
> have. Do you want a gold star for that?
>


I posted a start to the process of helping the op. You posted nonsense
to a question. If you want to wave techie flags, I also have 3 OS's on
my comp and have had up to 5 at times. But what does this have to do
with the op's question?

John

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
John wrote:

<snip>

> I posted a start to the process of helping the op. You posted
> nonsense to a question. If you want to wave techie flags, I also have 3
> OS's on my comp and have had up to 5 at times. But what does this have
> to do with the op's question?
>
> John
>

I'm not waving any flags, but unless the OP posts more information as he
has been asked to, then nothing is going to happen. You just chose one
possible thing to ask for. Get off your high horse.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Tim McCuiston
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Here is a copy of the boot.ini file if this will help any.

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Home
Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn

"Peter Foldes" <okf22@email.msn.com> wrote in message
news:e4pnznlYFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
How is seeing that boot.ini file of the OP is going to help him remove the
corrupted install.You can remove the line of the corrupted install from the
boot.ini but it will not take care of his install that is corrupted. It will
still stay on his system. The only thing that he will not be able to do is
to access that corrupted install

--
Peter

Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.

"John" <John@nowhere.com> wrote in message news:Ikule.882$zb.21@trndny06...
> Tim McCuiston wrote:
>
>> To the list:
>>
>> I am running 2 different setups of Microsoft windows XP. 1 setup is
>> corrupted the other one is not at least not now. I need to delete one
>> setup
>> i do not know how to do it. Contents i have is one 1 setup and some on
>> another. Does any one know how to do this without me losing everything.
>> In
>> otherwords i want to delete the corrupted version .
>>
>> Thanks Tim McCuiston
>>
>>
>
> Post a copy of your "boot.ini" file for help. This is a (usually
> hidden) system file in the root of your C: drive. Its an ascii file that
> can be read by any text editor. You can load it into an editor, high
> lite the entire file and then do a copy and paste into a message back to
> this group.
>
> John

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:46 AM
Tim McCuiston wrote:

> Here is a copy of the boot.ini file if this will help any.
>
> [boot loader]
> timeout=30
> default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
> [operating systems]
> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Home
> Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
>
> "Peter Foldes" <okf22@email.msn.com> wrote in message
> news:e4pnznlYFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
> How is seeing that boot.ini file of the OP is going to help him remove the
> corrupted install.You can remove the line of the corrupted install from the
> boot.ini but it will not take care of his install that is corrupted. It will
> still stay on his system. The only thing that he will not be able to do is
> to access that corrupted install
>

Tim more info is needed. What is the system configuration, # of drives,
how they are partitioned and in what partitions are the two version's of
XP installed. Also when you say that one is corrupted, what do you
mean? What errors do you get? Is it a boot problem? Your boot.ini
shows only one installation.

--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User

Tim McCuiston
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
# drives are as follows 1 floppy 1 DVD burner 1. CDRW


As for the partitions there shouldn't be any partitions that i know of of
course i woiuldn't know what to look for on that if i knew.
As for the corrupted file it says C:\WINNT\ system32 or system was
corrupted or might be corrupted and it also said that if you put you XP
startup disk in it would repair the damaged file. Thats if you pressed the
letter R No luck it just sets up a new operating system All the
contenets from the old system ( files some software, some good and some
bad ) other than that thats really all i can tell you from my knowledge of
my own computer.
"Rock" <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote in message
news:OTwAucnYFHA.1152@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
> Tim McCuiston wrote:
>
>> Here is a copy of the boot.ini file if this will help any.
>>
>> [boot loader]
>> timeout=30
>> default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
>> [operating systems]
>> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Home
>> Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
>>
>> "Peter Foldes" <okf22@email.msn.com> wrote in message
>> news:e4pnznlYFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>> How is seeing that boot.ini file of the OP is going to help him remove
>> the corrupted install.You can remove the line of the corrupted install
>> from the boot.ini but it will not take care of his install that is
>> corrupted. It will still stay on his system. The only thing that he will
>> not be able to do is to access that corrupted install
>>
>
> Tim more info is needed. What is the system configuration, # of drives,
> how they are partitioned and in what partitions are the two version's of
> XP installed. Also when you say that one is corrupted, what do you mean?
> What errors do you get? Is it a boot problem? Your boot.ini shows only
> one installation.
>
> --
> Rock
> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>

Tim McCuiston
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Here is what the computer actually said.

Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
\WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the
original setup CD-ROM Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.

I did that and it i wanted to overlay the operating system but it asked
about partitions but i said i wanted it the way it was.
"Tim McCuiston" <timmccuiston@everestkc.net> wrote in message
news:438fe$42975b1b$4088c15e$29633@EVERESTKC.NET...
># drives are as follows 1 floppy 1 DVD burner 1. CDRW
>
>
> As for the partitions there shouldn't be any partitions that i know of
> of course i woiuldn't know what to look for on that if i knew.
> As for the corrupted file it says C:\WINNT\ system32 or system was
> corrupted or might be corrupted and it also said that if you put you XP
> startup disk in it would repair the damaged file. Thats if you pressed the
> letter R No luck it just sets up a new operating system All the
> contenets from the old system ( files some software, some good and some
> bad ) other than that thats really all i can tell you from my knowledge
> of my own computer.
> "Rock" <rock@mail.nospam.net> wrote in message
> news:OTwAucnYFHA.1152@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
>> Tim McCuiston wrote:
>>
>>> Here is a copy of the boot.ini file if this will help any.
>>>
>>> [boot loader]
>>> timeout=30
>>> default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
>>> [operating systems]
>>> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Microsoft Windows XP Home
>>> Edition" /fastdetect /NoExecute=OptIn
>>>
>>> "Peter Foldes" <okf22@email.msn.com> wrote in message
>>> news:e4pnznlYFHA.3152@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl...
>>> How is seeing that boot.ini file of the OP is going to help him remove
>>> the corrupted install.You can remove the line of the corrupted install
>>> from the boot.ini but it will not take care of his install that is
>>> corrupted. It will still stay on his system. The only thing that he will
>>> not be able to do is to access that corrupted install
>>>
>>
>> Tim more info is needed. What is the system configuration, # of drives,
>> how they are partitioned and in what partitions are the two version's of
>> XP installed. Also when you say that one is corrupted, what do you mean?
>> What errors do you get? Is it a boot problem? Your boot.ini shows only
>> one installation.
>>
>> --
>> Rock
>> MS MVP Windows - Shell/User
>>
>
>

Rock
07-10-2005, 12:47 AM
Tim McCuiston wrote:

> Here is what the computer actually said.
>
> Windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt:
> \WINNT\SYSTEM32\CONFIG\SYSTEM
> You can attempt to repair this file by starting windows setup using the
> original setup CD-ROM Select 'r' at the first screen to start repair.
>
> I did that and it i wanted to overlay the operating system but it asked
> about partitions but i said i wanted it the way it was.
> "Tim McCuiston" <timmccuiston@everestkc.net> wrote in message
> news:438fe$42975b1b$4088c15e$29633@EVERESTKC.NET...


Ok that is a totally different situation. The message you are seeing
indicates registry corruption. Here is an MS KB article on dealing with
this problem.

How to Recover from a Corrupted Registry that Prevents Windows XP from
Starting:
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=307545

After getting that sorted out take a look at this article:
How to Troubleshoot Registry Corruption Issues
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=822705

Your best bet is to backup the registry regularly. I use ERUNT which is
free, safe and simple. Read the info text that comes with it.

http://www.larshederer.homepage.t-online.de/erunt/

One thing to do before you try any of these recovery steps is to backup
the data on the drive. Put the drive in another XP computer as a slave
drive and copy the data from it.

If you don't feel comfortable in doing all this another option is to
take the computer to a good repair tech.



--
Rock
MS MVP Windows - Shell/User


Running two copies of Windows XP