Removing the Other Operating System from a Dual Boot

Question: I have both Windows 2000 and ME installed and wish to get rid of ME. How should I go about this?
Barry Grant

Answer: There are two steps to follow in removing Windows ME from your dual boot system.

The first step is to update the boot.ini file. This is a hidden file in the root directory of your C:\ drive so you might have to unhide it first. In this file you will find several entries that refer to your Windows 2000 installation and the last line should refer to your Windows ME installation. It should be easy to figure out which are which because the Windows 2000 entries will start with something like multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1) while the ME entry will start with C:\, the lines will also contain the name of the folder that contains the operating system and the description that appears on the boot menu.

The second step is to delete the folder where Windows ME is installed (the one referred to on the line in boot.ini that you just deleted). This will completely remove ME without touching 2000.

The same process will work with removing any version of DOS/Windows from a Windows NT/2000/XP dual boot.


This article written by Stephen Chapman, Felgall Pty Ltd.

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