3 installations of xp on one computer

By noncon4mist5
Jan 22, 2005
  1. Hi I am in a real mess with my laptop. It is a Dell Inspiron 600m and I wanted to reinstall Windows so I could start fresh. Well, this has turned into a disaster as when Windows Xp starts, you can select from 3 different Home Editions. How can I uninstall the other operating systems and just have one? I have tried everything short of erasing the hard drive which i am kinda leery of. Please can anyone help me? thanks :stickout:
  2. nein

    nein Banned Posts: 109

    Remove/delete the selected entries you don't want out of the "boot.ini".
  3. Liquidlen

    Liquidlen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,094

    I highly recommend that you format your HDD and start with a fresh install. Simply deleting the other 2 installations will leave a lot of junk around your MBR , boot system etc.
    It is some work but it will be worth in the long run.
  4. noncon4mist5

    noncon4mist5 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    hey thanks i found the boot. ini worked and i at least got it to quit showing the 3 differnt displays when i turn it on. as far as reformatting.... i have never tried that . i may not be brave enough lol thanks for everything :)
  5. whazzzdat

    whazzzdat TS Rookie

    If you really want a clean install fill the hard drive with all zeros with Darik's Boot and Nuke. It is freeware and it over writes the harddrive several times.


    If you use the quicker CD version instead of the floopy version when putting it on a disc be sure burn it as an "image" not as a regular file.
    I always use Darik's Boot and Nuke when I buy a used computer from a stranger just incase they had any child pornography on it.
  6. Justin

    Justin TS Rookie Posts: 942

    No it won't.

    If those installations truly do not exist there is nothing left behind.
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