Re: How to uninstall windows2000server including registry entries
From: Ram (Ram_at_discussions.microsoft.com)
Date: Tue, 15 Feb 2005 01:15:04 -0800
Thanks a lot for the solution given to me. I hope you will give
solution to my second Question.
And another question is, if I have saved anything (example document or
> image or vedio or internet download application/object)in d:drive which
> win2000server, then how do I make sure that what ever I have saved or
> downloaded should be deleted completely so that if some one tries to
> it also it shouldn't be recovered.
"Bruce Sanderson" wrote:
> If you really want everything on the d drive to disappear, then the easiest
> way is to format it.
> The boot menu information is not stored in any "registry", it is in the
> c:\boot.ini file. You can edit this file using Notepad. However, before
> doing so, I recommend you make a boot floppy and test that it works:
> 1. start Windows 2000 Server
> 2. put a floppy disk into the floppy drive
> 3. in Windows Explorer, right click on the floppy drive and select Format
> 4. DO NOT select "Create an MS-DOS startup disk"
> 5. click Start
> 6. when the format is finished, copy these files from c:\
> 7. boot the system from the boot floppy to make sure it works (you may have
> to enable the boot from floppy in your system's BIOS)
> Make sure you can start both Windows 98 and Windows 2000 Server when booting
> from the boot floppy.
> Actually removing the boot manager installed along with Windows 2000 Server
> is tricky and I suggest, unnecessary. The Windows 2000 Server installation
> process writes stuff into the Master Boot Record on the disk and the
> Partition Boot Record for the C partition. Replacing this with Windows 98
> equivalent is tricky and not worth the effort in my opinion.
> Instead, just edit the c:\boot.ini file as suggested below. DO NOT DELETE
> ntldr, ntdetect.com or boot.ini - doing so will prevent your system from
> booting at all. In Notepad, the boot.ini content will look something like
> [boot loader]
> [operating systems]
> multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Windows 2000 Server"
> The "default=" line specifies which OS to start by default.
> If it is as shown above, the default is to start Windows 2000 Server. To
> get Win98 to start by default, replace the text after the "default=" with
> the text from the last line (e.g. C:\WINDWS). If you don't want to use
> Windows 2000 Server any more, you can delete its line below the [operating
> systems] line. If there is only one choice in the [operating systems]
> section, you won't see the boot menu and the OS will start automatically.
> If, after you make this change, your system won't boot from the hard disk
> and start Windows 98, boot from the floppy (which you tested earlier!) and
> restore the boot.ini file from the floppy to c:\.
> If the d drive is formated FAT or FAT32 and you have some files on the d
> drive you want to keep, then you have two choices:
> 1. copy them somewhere else (e.g. c drive, CD or DVD) then format the d
> 2. boot from Win98, then on the d drive, delete:
> a. the Windows (or Winnt) folder
> b. the Program Files folder
> c. the Documents and settings folder
> This will effectively remove the operating system from the d drive.
> If the d drive is formatted NTFS, then either just ignore it, or format it.
> You can't access files in an NTFS partition from Windows 98.
> Bruce Sanderson MVP Printing
> It is perfectly useless to know the right answer to the wrong question.
> "Ram" <Ram@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> > Hi,
> > I have dual bootable system, C: drive has win98 and D: drive has windows
> > 2000 server.I don't want to disturb C: drive. What is the best way to
> > uninstall windows 2000 server from D: drive including registry entries and
> > from boot file of win2000server.Don't tell me format that drive, anything
> > other than this.If suppose if I try t o format that drive(ie d: drive)
> > will
> > it remove from registry and bootable file, what ever was written at the
> > time
> > of installation..
> > And another question is, if I have saved anything (example document or
> > image or vedio or internet download application/object)in d:drive which
> > has
> > win2000server, then how do I make sure that what ever I have saved or
> > downloaded should be deleted completely so that if some one tries to
> > recover
> > it also it shouldn't be recovered.
> > Thanks
> > Ram