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Topic # 6811 24-Feb-2006 16:07
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hello every one ,

my comp had thre partitions in it , i had win XP sp2 installed in C drive ...
i wanted to reinstall win xp so i ran the setup of win XP and while selecting the option , instead of selecting UPGRADE i selected NEW .... so now wehn i switch on my comp it goes to OS choices menu and displays 2 win XP that i can select , i checked later and saw that it had installed the new copy of windows in F : drive ( may be cos it was the only drive with enuf space)

i tried to run setup again and repair it but didnt work out , i tried to format C: ( the older windows )
but it first said that some prgram is using windows and now it says system partion cannot be formatted , i tried to format it from command promt also , but no luck ,
i dont understand why i cannot format c dirve while iam logged into XP which is installed on f : drive

Any idea what is happeninig here , ? iam confused , help will be appreciated ...

thanks in advance

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Reply # 29282 24-Feb-2006 16:17
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It possibly is using a swap file on c: as well. Also c: is probably the active partition and you should swap to F: being the active partition and boot from there - although I am not sure there's boot information on that.

Wouldn't be easier to backup your data and simply install Windows XP again on c: and using it from there?

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  Reply # 29283 24-Feb-2006 16:27
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one more doubt ..... i dont want to Upgrade it , i want to install a fresh copy of windows , but its not giving me an opton to slect the drive to which i must install windows

can i go ahead and format f: drive .... n den try 2 install a fresh cop although i doubt that like last time it will just install the new copy in another drive if i select NEW ......

any suggestions ??

thanks again for ur time ......

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Reply # 29284 24-Feb-2006 16:30
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If you are booting from the Windows XP CD it should offer the option to install in any partition - just select C: and format the partition before selecting it for install. Of course you will have a backup of your data, right?

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Reply # 30638 13-Mar-2006 21:09
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To remove the OS select menu do the following:
Right click My Computer > Properties > Advanced > Startup and recovery settings.

In the drop down list selct the first option and the un-check 'Time to display list of operating systems' Then Ok.

You can then manually delete the other Windows installation on F:

Not sure if this will help at all, might be a bit late.....

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  Reply # 32127 3-Apr-2006 18:59
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Perhaps I'm just stating the (too) obvious... can't you just kill all the partitions and start again?

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