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Old 02-11-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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Hi - this is my first post so hopefully I'll be coherent enough to accurately describe what I'm trying to learn. Running WinXP Home, SP3, on this machine.

After uninstalling WIn7 (dual-boot into VMware on a partition - now uninstalled) from this machine, there is a leftover "Boot" folder that contains mostly language-related files, some BCD files, and memtest.exe.
If I select & hover over the language files, they show bootmgr.exe.mui, which indicates they are Win7-related files. There are 30 files in there.

Looking around on google, it seems like they can be deleted by changing their permissions (not able to delete them conventionally), so my intent is to remove them, since I suspect they are contributing to a very long boot time after signing in.

First question is whether or not it's safe to remove those files, since they are extraneous to XP, and I won't be installing Win7 again? I'm confused after researching this - I'm finding conflicting answers.

Second question is whether or not they might actually be contributing to a longer boot after signing in? I've been hunting that subject for quite a while now, and I've tried a number of solutions, which have helped, but I'm still dogged by a long boot after sign-in. It's taking 1-2 minutes for the screen and icons to fill-in after I sign in, which it never did before, but I'm unsure if it's a result of installing the other OS or some other tweak I might have made.

Not an expert, but not a noobie either. Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Since I've had a number of people look at this entry and not had any replies, could someone tell me if I'm not in the right forum? Should this perhaps be in the Win7 forum?
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Since I didn't seem to be getting any answers to this entry, I went ahead and used Unlocker to delete the \Boot folder I found on the C:\ tree. It booted normally - it trimmed about 15 seconds off of the long boot times I've recently experienced, but didn't cure the boot times as I'd hoped. However, the good part, for anyone who finds that Boot folder that doesn't belong there after a Win7 dual-boot uninstall, it can be deleted without hosing your system.
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