How to Remove Windows 98 When It Is Part of a Dual Boot with Windows 2000

The information in this article applies to:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

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This article explains how to remove an operating system, such as Microsoft Windows 98, that has been configured to dual boot with Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional.


To remove Windows 98, boot to Windows 2000 and then delete the folder where Windows 98 is installed, by default the C:\Windows folder on the local hard disk drive.

You also need to manually edit the Boot.ini file to remove Windows 98 from the list of boot options.

Note: If there are any programs that you have installed in Windows 98, you may want to uninstall these before deleting the folder.

To edit the Boot.ini file:

  1. In Explorer, on the View menu, click Folder Options.

  2. Click View, click Show all files, and then click OK.

  3. Click the root folder of the local hard drive, right-click the Boot.ini file, and then click Properties.

  4. Click to clear the Read-Only, Hidden, and System attribute check boxes, and then click OK.

  5. Open the Boot.ini file in Notepad.

  6. Remove any entries that no longer point to valid installations of Microsoft Windows.

  7. Save the changes to the Boot.ini file, and then restore its attributes.