How to remove Windows 98 in dual boot with Windows XP

By samrat
Aug 2, 2009
  1. Hi,
    I've Windows 98 in dual boot with Windows Xp. I want to remove windows 98 from my system keeping Windows Xp in hard disk without any bootable CD or DVD?
  2. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    Specifying the Default Operating System for Startup
    If you have more than one operating system on your computer, you can set the operating system that you want to use as the default one for when you start your computer:
    Click Start, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
    On the Advanced tab, under Startup and Recovery, click Settings.
    Under System startup, in the Default operating system list, click the operating system that you want to start when you turn on or restart your computer.
    Select the Display list of operating systems for check box, and then type the number of seconds for which you want the list displayed before the default operating system starts automatically.

    You can also directly edit boot.ini but only if you know what you are doing.
    Using the above method you can set your PC to boot straight into XP but leave Win98 still there and inactive. This could be useful as if your XP become unusable for any reason, Win98 can still be booted and allow you to (for instance) research the problem on the internet.

    One other tip. If you choose to remove Win98 entirely, do NOT remove the partition which contained it, as doing so will alter the 'partition number' reference in boot.ini and XP will no longer boot until you edit boot.ini to respecify the partition number.
  3. samrat

    samrat TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No. I want to remove Windows 98 completely from my system keeping Windows Xp. It's not the problem of booting, but providing space for the system.
  4. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,431   +77

    start by doing two things - (1) downloading gparted (a free partition manager) and installing it.
    (2) switch on 'see hidden and system files' in XP.

    Now tell us
    (1) what is the partitioning structure of your hard drive (i.e. which partition holds which O.S., and have you other hidden partitions (such as a restore partition).
    (2) where exactly is the file 'boot.ini'

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