Partiall install


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Greg Cox

Installed Windows 2000 professional on reformatted hard
drive. Erroneounsly, after install was complete,
reinserted Windows 2000 professional disk and a new
install started. Aborted the install after I noticed
what I was doing. Now, each time computer starts up, it
lists Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows 2000
Professional Install and hangs on the Windows 2000
Professional Install and won't let me bring computer up.
After hitting Control/Alt/Delete, when computer comes
back up, it will let me select the Windows 2000
Professional routine and everything starts and runs
fine. How do I delete the partial install of Windows
2000 Professional??


Thanks,
 
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Dave Patrick

Edit boot.ini located in the root of the system partition (usually C:\)
boot.ini will be something like;

[Boot Loader]
Timeout=30
Default=C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows 2000" /fastdetect
C:\$WIN_NT$.~BT\BOOTSECT.DAT="Windows 2000 Setup"

Change it to;
(note the 'default=' line must also change. rdisk and partition values may
be different for your system.)



[Boot Loader]
Timeout=30
Default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT
[Operating Systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINNT="Windows 2000" /fastdetect

Explorer|Tools|Folder Options|View, then radio button for "Show hidden files
and folders", then uncheck the box for "Hide protected operating system
files" to locate the files in the system partition.

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Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| Installed Windows 2000 professional on reformatted hard
| drive. Erroneounsly, after install was complete,
| reinserted Windows 2000 professional disk and a new
| install started. Aborted the install after I noticed
| what I was doing. Now, each time computer starts up, it
| lists Windows 2000 Professional, and Windows 2000
| Professional Install and hangs on the Windows 2000
| Professional Install and won't let me bring computer up.
| After hitting Control/Alt/Delete, when computer comes
| back up, it will let me select the Windows 2000
| Professional routine and everything starts and runs
| fine. How do I delete the partial install of Windows
| 2000 Professional??
|
|
| Thanks,
 
B

Brian J Coutts

Dave

I did something very similar, and using your instructions got rid of the
dual boot option. Thank you. However, the partial install has left what I
can best describe as a "ghost" drive, which has called itself "D:". It has a
size of 0 bytes and is empty. When I try to look for it in a disk
partitioning program I find that it doesn't exist. So, therefore, it must be
in the Win2000 filing system somewhere. Any ideas how I get rid of it before
it drives me nuts.

Thanks in anticipation,

Brian Coutts
 
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Dave Patrick

How does it present itself? In other words where do you see this? Please be
specific.

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Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| Dave
|
| I did something very similar, and using your instructions got rid of the
| dual boot option. Thank you. However, the partial install has left what I
| can best describe as a "ghost" drive, which has called itself "D:". It has
a
| size of 0 bytes and is empty. When I try to look for it in a disk
| partitioning program I find that it doesn't exist. So, therefore, it must
be
| in the Win2000 filing system somewhere. Any ideas how I get rid of it
before
| it drives me nuts.
|
| Thanks in anticipation,
|
| Brian Coutts
 
B

Brian J Coutts

Dave

It appears in Explorer, and anywhere with a file open dialog.
If I left click on it in Explorer I get an error message telling me that an
error has occurred reading the folder, the volume does not contain a
recognised file system, and to make sure that all file system drivers are
loaded and the volume is not corrupted. If I right click on it and select
Properties it shows used space of 0 bytes, free space of 0 bytes, and
capacity of 0 bytes.
The original drive is unchanged in size since this has appeared, and, as I
say, using a partitioning program (Acronis PartitionExpert Personal), it
does not appear at all.
I have 2 discs in my system and dual boot into a Linux installation, which
is installed on the second disc. Linux doesn't see the disc to which I am
referring, which makes me suspect that it resides somewhere inside Win2000's
imagination.

Brian
 
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Dave Patrick

Check to see what Disk Management has to say about it. From the "Run" box;
diskmgmt.msc



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Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| Dave
|
| It appears in Explorer, and anywhere with a file open dialog.
| If I left click on it in Explorer I get an error message telling me that
an
| error has occurred reading the folder, the volume does not contain a
| recognised file system, and to make sure that all file system drivers are
| loaded and the volume is not corrupted. If I right click on it and select
| Properties it shows used space of 0 bytes, free space of 0 bytes, and
| capacity of 0 bytes.
| The original drive is unchanged in size since this has appeared, and, as I
| say, using a partitioning program (Acronis PartitionExpert Personal), it
| does not appear at all.
| I have 2 discs in my system and dual boot into a Linux installation, which
| is installed on the second disc. Linux doesn't see the disc to which I am
| referring, which makes me suspect that it resides somewhere inside
Win2000's
| imagination.
|
| Brian
 
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Brian J Coutts

Dave
OK. diskmgmt.msc has done the trick. It showed that drive C: was 48Gb, NTFS
and healthy. D: was shown as 46GB, no filing system, and healthy. I looked
to see what my options were, right clicked, chose "Change drive letter and
path", then removed it. The now un-named drive is still shown as a
partition, but has no assigned drive letter, so it has to all intents and
purposes, disappeared.
I have now renamed the remaining real partitions, DVD, and CD, to what they
should be, using the same program.
There is an option to delete the partition, and, some other day after I have
got everything backed up and I am feeling lucky I'll click on it, and that
should be it gone. But meantime it all seems fine now.

Many thanks for that. Very much appreciated. I owe you a drink and you can
collect if you're ever in Glasgow (Scotland).

Brian
 
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Dave Patrick

Glad to hear this and thanks for the feedback.

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Regards,

Dave Patrick ....Please no email replies - reply in newsgroup.
Microsoft Certified Professional
Microsoft MVP [Windows]
http://www.microsoft.com/protect

:
| Dave
| OK. diskmgmt.msc has done the trick. It showed that drive C: was 48Gb,
NTFS
| and healthy. D: was shown as 46GB, no filing system, and healthy. I looked
| to see what my options were, right clicked, chose "Change drive letter and
| path", then removed it. The now un-named drive is still shown as a
| partition, but has no assigned drive letter, so it has to all intents and
| purposes, disappeared.
| I have now renamed the remaining real partitions, DVD, and CD, to what
they
| should be, using the same program.
| There is an option to delete the partition, and, some other day after I
have
| got everything backed up and I am feeling lucky I'll click on it, and that
| should be it gone. But meantime it all seems fine now.
|
| Many thanks for that. Very much appreciated. I owe you a drink and you can
| collect if you're ever in Glasgow (Scotland).
|
| Brian
 

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