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Microsoft KB Archive/253901

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Cannot Delete Partitions During Windows 2000 Text-Mode Setup


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server


When you install Windows 2000 using Winnt.exe or Winnt32.exe and you enable the option to copy the files locally, you may be unable to delete existing partitions on your hard disk. Pressing D to delete a selected partition has no effect.


Windows 2000 text-mode Setup copies files to the first partition that contains enough space to hold the Windows files. After rebooting, Setup does not let you delete the partition that contains the Setup files or the partition containing the boot files.


To work around this behavior, repartition the drive using the Windows 2000 Setup boot floppy disks, or start Setup by booting from the CD-ROM (if your computer supports this configuration).

NOTE: When Setup displays the partitions, the options you have available to you are displayed at the bottom of the screen in the status bar for the selected partition. If a partition cannot be deleted, the delete option is not present when that partition is selected.


The behavior is by design.

Additional query words:

Keywords : kbenv kbsetup KBW2KHOME
Issue type : kbprb
Technology : kbwin2000AdvServ kbwin2000AdvServSearch kbwin2000DataServ kbwin2000DataServSearch kbwin2000Serv kbwin2000ServSearch kbwin2000Search kbwin2000ProSearch kbwin2000Pro kbWinAdvServSearch kbWinDataServSearch

Last Reviewed: October 24, 2000
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