Upgraded to Windows XP, but still have Windows 2000 on PC

By TxBLKStallion
Feb 17, 2007
  1. Hello All,

    This is my first post, so please forgive me if I mess this up. I have a Dell desktop PC that was running Windows 2000. I tried to upgrade it to Windows XP and now it has both OS on it. When I upgraded it, I told it to do an install and not a repair, but it still has both OS (Windows 2000 and Windows XP). How do get only the XP OS on there and removed the 2000 version?


    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    The easiest way to remove it from your boot menu is to edit your boot.ini file.

    You can do this via Start > Run > msconfig > BOOT.INI

    The standard boot.ini looks like this:
    [boot loader]
    [operating systems]
    multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
    Next would be to remove your previous Windows 2000 installation by deleting the folder it is installed in. This will not be possible (or even really necessary) if you installed Windows XP in the same folder as Windows 2000 (C:\Windows).
  3. TxBLKStallion

    TxBLKStallion TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks, but.... LoL

    Thanks for your quick response and help. I was able to find the BOOT.INI, but I am not able to edit it. How do I edit it? Thanks again for your help.
  4. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,573   +65

    It's found in C:\boot.ini

    Right click on the file and uncheck "Read-only". Click OK to save the changes and you should be able to resave to it.
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