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Two system folders after XP reinstall

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by Cyber12, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Cyber12

    Cyber12 Flightless Bird

    I am running XP Pro, SP3 on a five user computer. I have admin rights and
    need advice about this scenario:
    I upgraded from OEM XP Home Edition to XP Pro three years ago without any
    problems and the system folder remained C:WINNT.
    Three months ago I did a "Repair install of Windows XP by starting your
    computer from the Windows XP CD".
    Without deleting the current installation of "Microsoft Windows XP
    Professional" I pressed ENTER to set up Windows XP.
    The reinstall was done without any problems and I presently have all the
    recent Microsoft updates and use IE8 as default browser.
    The problem (which I have resolved is that the computer showed two current
    installations of "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"at boot up; and I had to
    choose the most recent every time I booted up.
    I edited the C:/Boot.ini to remove the line referencing the old
    installation. Which in fact was not operational; and now I can boot directly
    to the Welcome screen.
    The problem which I need help with is that I have two system folders:
    The operational one i.e. C:/WINDOWS with a size on disk of 1.93GB and 120026
    files.
    And the old one C:/WINNT which has a size on disk of 4.18GB and 24434 files.

    I need to find out if it is safe to delete the C:/WINNT folder without
    affecting the system operation or if there is a better solution to get rid of
    this folder and recover valuable Disk Space?

    Always thanks a lot.

    Joe
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "Cyber12" <Cyber12@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:C7CBF925-FCB6-46E4-921C-A81EF3A05467@microsoft.com...
    > I am running XP Pro, SP3 on a five user computer. I have admin rights and
    > need advice about this scenario:
    > I upgraded from OEM XP Home Edition to XP Pro three years ago without any
    > problems and the system folder remained C:WINNT.
    > Three months ago I did a "Repair install of Windows XP by starting your
    > computer from the Windows XP CD".
    > Without deleting the current installation of "Microsoft Windows XP
    > Professional" I pressed ENTER to set up Windows XP.
    > The reinstall was done without any problems and I presently have all the
    > recent Microsoft updates and use IE8 as default browser.
    > The problem (which I have resolved is that the computer showed two current
    > installations of "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"at boot up; and I had
    > to
    > choose the most recent every time I booted up.
    > I edited the C:/Boot.ini to remove the line referencing the old
    > installation. Which in fact was not operational; and now I can boot
    > directly
    > to the Welcome screen.
    > The problem which I need help with is that I have two system folders:
    > The operational one i.e. C:/WINDOWS with a size on disk of 1.93GB and
    > 120026
    > files.
    > And the old one C:/WINNT which has a size on disk of 4.18GB and 24434
    > files.
    >
    > I need to find out if it is safe to delete the C:/WINNT folder without
    > affecting the system operation or if there is a better solution to get rid
    > of
    > this folder and recover valuable Disk Space?
    >
    > Always thanks a lot.
    >
    > Joe


    The standard method goes like this:
    1. Boot into Windows.
    2. Rename c:/WinNT to WinNT.old
    3. Wait a week.
    4. If all is well, delete WinNT.old.
     
  3. cyber12

    cyber12 Flightless Bird

    "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:

    >
    >
    > "Cyber12" <Cyber12@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:C7CBF925-FCB6-46E4-921C-A81EF3A05467@microsoft.com...
    > > I am running XP Pro, SP3 on a five user computer. I have admin rights and
    > > need advice about this scenario:
    > > I upgraded from OEM XP Home Edition to XP Pro three years ago without any
    > > problems and the system folder remained C:WINNT.
    > > Three months ago I did a "Repair install of Windows XP by starting your
    > > computer from the Windows XP CD".
    > > Without deleting the current installation of "Microsoft Windows XP
    > > Professional" I pressed ENTER to set up Windows XP.
    > > The reinstall was done without any problems and I presently have all the
    > > recent Microsoft updates and use IE8 as default browser.
    > > The problem (which I have resolved is that the computer showed two current
    > > installations of "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"at boot up; and I had
    > > to
    > > choose the most recent every time I booted up.
    > > I edited the C:/Boot.ini to remove the line referencing the old
    > > installation. Which in fact was not operational; and now I can boot
    > > directly
    > > to the Welcome screen.
    > > The problem which I need help with is that I have two system folders:
    > > The operational one i.e. C:/WINDOWS with a size on disk of 1.93GB and
    > > 120026
    > > files.
    > > And the old one C:/WINNT which has a size on disk of 4.18GB and 24434
    > > files.
    > >
    > > I need to find out if it is safe to delete the C:/WINNT folder without
    > > affecting the system operation or if there is a better solution to get rid
    > > of
    > > this folder and recover valuable Disk Space?
    > >
    > > Always thanks a lot.
    > >
    > > Joe

    >
    > The standard method goes like this:
    > 1. Boot into Windows.
    > 2. Rename c:/WinNT to WinNT.old
    > 3. Wait a week.
    > 4. If all is well, delete WinNT.old.
    >
    > .


    OK I have changed the folder's name to C:/WinNT.old since yesterday.
    Now I will wait a week before deleying it.
    What should I look for to know that there's nothing wrong with the system
    and that everything is going well?
    If anything.
    ?
    >
     
  4. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "cyber12" <cyber12@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:8F286235-F290-47F1-8869-F15B85397307@microsoft.com...
    >
    >
    > "Pegasus [MVP]" wrote:
    >
    >>
    >>
    >> "Cyber12" <Cyber12@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    >> news:C7CBF925-FCB6-46E4-921C-A81EF3A05467@microsoft.com...
    >> > I am running XP Pro, SP3 on a five user computer. I have admin rights
    >> > and
    >> > need advice about this scenario:
    >> > I upgraded from OEM XP Home Edition to XP Pro three years ago without
    >> > any
    >> > problems and the system folder remained C:WINNT.
    >> > Three months ago I did a "Repair install of Windows XP by starting your
    >> > computer from the Windows XP CD".
    >> > Without deleting the current installation of "Microsoft Windows XP
    >> > Professional" I pressed ENTER to set up Windows XP.
    >> > The reinstall was done without any problems and I presently have all
    >> > the
    >> > recent Microsoft updates and use IE8 as default browser.
    >> > The problem (which I have resolved is that the computer showed two
    >> > current
    >> > installations of "Microsoft Windows XP Professional"at boot up; and I
    >> > had
    >> > to
    >> > choose the most recent every time I booted up.
    >> > I edited the C:/Boot.ini to remove the line referencing the old
    >> > installation. Which in fact was not operational; and now I can boot
    >> > directly
    >> > to the Welcome screen.
    >> > The problem which I need help with is that I have two system folders:
    >> > The operational one i.e. C:/WINDOWS with a size on disk of 1.93GB and
    >> > 120026
    >> > files.
    >> > And the old one C:/WINNT which has a size on disk of 4.18GB and 24434
    >> > files.
    >> >
    >> > I need to find out if it is safe to delete the C:/WINNT folder without
    >> > affecting the system operation or if there is a better solution to get
    >> > rid
    >> > of
    >> > this folder and recover valuable Disk Space?
    >> >
    >> > Always thanks a lot.
    >> >
    >> > Joe

    >>
    >> The standard method goes like this:
    >> 1. Boot into Windows.
    >> 2. Rename c:/WinNT to WinNT.old
    >> 3. Wait a week.
    >> 4. If all is well, delete WinNT.old.
    >>
    >> .

    >
    > OK I have changed the folder's name to C:/WinNT.old since yesterday.
    > Now I will wait a week before deleying it.
    > What should I look for to know that there's nothing wrong with the system
    > and that everything is going well?
    > If anything.
    > ?


    Just use the usual facilities: EMail, browsing, word processing, backing up
    your files. If there were any important files in c:/WinNT then they would
    throw up a problem very quickly. My guess is that you're safe but I prefer
    to look before I leap.
     

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