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Posted By : Darren of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on May 6, 2006

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I recently installed Windows XP on my laptop that was running Windows 98 and ended up with dual operating systems. At startup, I am asked which one I want to run. Is there a way to eliminate the Windows 98 operating system and use Windows XP without starting all over?

This question was answered on May 6, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

If you just dont want to see the menu then the answer is pretty simple and wont mess with anything just incase you have the files tied together between the 2 Operating Systems.

Right click my computer, go to properties and then go to advanced Click settings below "Startup and Recovery" In the new window uncheck the "Time to display list of opperating systems" and then make sure in the dropdown box above that, that you have the string that has "Microsoft Windows XP" selected.

Another option is to right click my computer and go to manage Click on disk management under storage and then select the drive that is your windows 98 install and format it if the format option is grayed out you will need to right click on the XP drive and select "Mark Partition as Active" this will tell the operating system that this is the partition that is your main OS and will then allow you to format the other one to blank so you may use it as storage again.

If you still know where your Windows 98 disk is you can also use it to uninstall Windows 98, just be careful to not accidentally uninstall XP as well.

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Posted by Darren of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on May 6, 2006

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