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    inquiringmind555@gmail.com Guest

    Remove XP setup files manually?


    I was installing Windows XP setup in preparation to install XP on a
    second drive, when I realized that I needed to exit the install
    without completing. Setup wasn't recognizing my function keys (F3 to
    exit) so at the menu I did a cold reboot. Now every time I start my
    computer I get a menu that allows me to select between Windows 2000
    (my current operating system) and XP set up. However, if XP set up is
    chosen, XP crashes with a note to run chkdsk. I have to assume that
    when I powered off the computer I corrupted some of XP's temporary
    installation files on my C: drive. Is there a way to uninstall the
    files from XP set up manually? Thanks!

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    inquiringmind555@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?

    PS. I ran chkdsk and there was no change in the situation. I did do
    an Acronis 11 total disk copy before I started this process, so would
    recovering from this disk image solve my problem?


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    philo Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?


    <inquiringmind555@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1566a22e-4a6b-4ac8-8cda-99a89f29e93d@r60g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...
    >
    > I was installing Windows XP setup in preparation to install XP on a
    > second drive, when I realized that I needed to exit the install
    > without completing. Setup wasn't recognizing my function keys (F3 to
    > exit) so at the menu I did a cold reboot. Now every time I start my
    > computer I get a menu that allows me to select between Windows 2000
    > (my current operating system) and XP set up. However, if XP set up is
    > chosen, XP crashes with a note to run chkdsk. I have to assume that
    > when I powered off the computer I corrupted some of XP's temporary
    > installation files on my C: drive. Is there a way to uninstall the
    > files from XP set up manually? Thanks!



    yes...just delete the setup folder and remove the reference to it in
    boot.ini



  4. #4
    inquiringmind555@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?

    Where is the setup folder located? Also, search file showed
    boot.ini.backup but not boot.ini -- should I change the backup to
    boot.ini? Thanks! (Turns out I saved my disk image before I changed
    the file system from FAT32 to NTFS . . . don't know what would happen
    if I restored it.)


  5. #5
    inquiringmind555@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?

    OK, found boot.ini and I can take off the last line tacked on by
    Windows XP Setup; but still not sure where the setup folder is and
    can't find it by search.


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    inquiringmind555@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?

    Since the file called in boot.ini was in C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT, I'm going to
    assume that this is the Windows XP set up directory and rename the
    directory just to find out. If you don't hear from me again, you'll
    know what happened to my computer. :P

  7. #7
    peter Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?

    You were installing to your 2nd drive..thats where the setup files should
    be.The line in Boot.ini should have pointed to that aborted installation.
    peter
    <inquiringmind555@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:3d1af06a-02b0-4f53-a9b6-7a5d0de88353@r60g2000hsc.googlegroups.com...
    > Since the file called in boot.ini was in C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT, I'm going to
    > assume that this is the Windows XP set up directory and rename the
    > directory just to find out. If you don't hear from me again, you'll
    > know what happened to my computer. :P




  8. #8
    inquiringmind555@gmail.com Guest

    Re: Remove XP setup files manually?

    It never got far enough to ask me what drive I wanted to put it on, so
    the files were on the C: drive. The directory I listed appears to
    have been the right one. It now boots to Windows 2000 as before, and
    I am ready to try the install of XP to the second hard drive again
    once I figure out how to make XP boot off of a SATA drive. Thanks!
    You put me on the right road.

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